Baranavichy: communal services demand more than 3 million rubles for anti-nuclear graffiti

2009 2009-08-04T18:02:23+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 4 August, the court of Baranavichy started the consideration of the lawsuit of the local communal services against the three youngsters accused of making graffiti ‘No to NPS’ on the building of Baranavichy district executive committee. The plaintiffs are seeking 3 350 000 rubles (about $ 1190) in damages.

The story started on 26 April, when Siarhei Kaveleuski, Andrei Mizerniuk and Aliaksei Zhynherouski were detained late at night by the police for making graffiti ‘No to NPS’ (nuclear power station). At the police station reports under Article 17.1 were drawn up against them. On 28 April Mr. Zhynherouski was fined 350 000 rubles (about $124). The administrative cases against his under-aged fellows-in-arms were considered by commissions on cases of minors.

Three months after it the communal services sued to the court, stating that the abovementioned youngsters also painted the facades and fences in Brestskaya, Savetskaya, Voikau and Lenin streets, so they must pay more than 3 mln rubles for it.

However, the judge Mikalai Khelmanovich agreed with the defendants’ arguments and proposed that the communal services present separate calculations of damages on each inscription. The date of the next court sitting is not known as of now.