Vitsebsk opposition activist Siarhei Kavalenka faces three years of prison

2011 2011-12-21T15:11:01+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/kavalenka_s.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
Siarhei Kavalenka. Photo by RFE

Siarhei Kavalenka. Photo by RFE

Vitsebsk activist of the Conservative Christian Party “Belarusian Popular Front” Siarhei Kavalenka may be imprisoned for up to three years for alleged violation of suspended sentence restrictions.

The activist who is currently held in local detention center says the charges are groundless and has gone on hunger strike in protests against the criminal prosecution.

According to Mr. Kavalenka’s wife, he is facing charges under Art. 415 of the Criminal Code. However, the exact grounds for the initiation of the prosecution are yet unknown.

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