List of political prisoners

2015 2015-12-01T18:00:00+0300 2020-09-21T17:24:46+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Viachaslau Sheliamet was detained on suspicion of participating in mass riots (Article 293 of the Criminal Code). His current whereabouts are uknknown.

He is held in pre-trial prison No. 6 in Baranavičy.

12 more persons called political prisoners over "rioting" charges

Address: pre-trial detention center No. 6, vulica Bresckaja 258B, 225413, Baranavičy


Dzianis Chykaliou was detained on August 10 in Minsk on suspicion of taking part in mass riots (Article 293 of the Criminal Code). Chykaliou was later officially charged.

He is held in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.

12 more persons called political prisoners over "rioting" charges

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Yahor Suhoidz was detained on suspicion of taking part in mass riots (Article 293 of the Criminal Code). Suhoidz was later officially charged.

He is held in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.

12 more persons called political prisoners over "rioting" charges

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Ihar Salavei was detained in connection with the riots in Pinsk. Salavei was later charged under Art. 293 of the Criminal Code.

He is held in pre-trial prison No. 6 in Baranavičy.

12 more persons called political prisoners over "rioting" charges

Address: pre-trial detention center No. 6, vulica Bresckaja 258B, 225413, Baranavičy


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Mikalai Saseu was detained on the night of August 12-13 together with Uladzislau Karetski as part of the "rioting case". Saseu was later charged under Art. 293 of the Criminal Code.

He is held in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.

12 more persons called political prisoners over "rioting" charges

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


David Mastsitski was detained on September 2 on suspicion of involvement in riots. On September 5, he was transferred to the pre-trial detention center in Baranavičy. Mastsitski was later charged under Art. 293 of the Criminal Code.

He is held in pre-trial prison No. 6 in Baranavičy.

12 more persons called political prisoners over "rioting" charges

Address: pre-trial detention center No. 6, vulica Bresckaja 258B, 225413, Baranavičy


Aleh Mazhou was detained in a criminal case for participating in riots, and later charged under Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code.

He is held in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.

12 more persons called political prisoners over "rioting" charges

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


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Alena Maushuk was detained as part of the "rioting" criminal case. According to police, the woman allegedly attempted to hit police officers with a stick. Maushuk is charged under Art. 293 of the Criminal Code.

She is held in pre-trial prison No. 6 in Baranavičy.

12 more persons called political prisoners over "rioting" charges

Address: pre-trial detention center No. 6, vulica Bresckaja 258B, 225413, Baranavičy


Stanislau Mikhailau was detained in Pinsk on suspicion of taking part in mass riots. Mikhailau was later charged under Art. 293 of the Criminal Code.

He is held in pre-trial prison No. 6 in Baranavičy.

12 more persons called political prisoners over "rioting" charges

Address: pre-trial detention center No. 6, vulica Bresckaja 258B, 225413, Baranavičy


Aliaksei Karatkou is a CEO-developer at the MakeML startup. He was detained on August 27 in Independence Square in Minsk.

First, Karatkou was sentenced to 8 days under Article 23.34 of the Administrative Code for participating in an unauthorized mass event. On September 4, upon his release from detention, the man was immediately detained as a suspect under Part 3 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code (training or other preparation of persons to participate in riots). Karatkou later faced official charges.

He is held in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.

12 more persons called political prisoners over "rioting" charges

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Dzianis Kireshchanka was detained on August 8 as part of the "rioting case". At first he was kept in a remand prison in Kareličy, then he was transferred to Hrodna. Kireshchanka was charged under Art. 293 of the Criminal Code.

He is held in the Hrodna prison.

12 more persons called political prisoners over "rioting" charges

Address: prison No. 1, vulica Kirava 1, 230023, Hrodna


Siarhei Kapanets was detained as part of the "rioting case" opened following the events of August 9-13. Kapanets was later charged under Art. 293 of the Criminal Code.

He is held in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.

12 more persons called political prisoners over "rioting" charges

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


kalesnikava_mini.pngMaryia Kalesnikava is a member of the presidium of the Coordination Council, head of the campaign headquarters of former presidential nominee Viktar Babaryka.

She was abducted on September 7 in Minsk and, along with two other members of the Coordination Council, Anton Radniankou and Ivan Krautsou, forcibly brought to the Ukrainian border to be expelled from the country. However, by tearing her passport and jumping out of the car, Kalesnikava foiled the special operation of deportation organized by the security forces.

On September 9, it became known that the woman had been arrested and was suspected of a criminal offense under Part 3 of Art. 361 of the Criminal Code (appeals to actions aimed at harming the national security of the Republic of Belarus).

Kalesnikava was held in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk. On September 11, she was transferred to the pre-trial prison in Žodzina.

On September 16, she faced formal charges under Part 3 of Art. 361 of the Criminal Code.

Kalesnikava, Znak and Salei are new political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center, vulica Savieckaja 22A, 222160, Žodzina


Maksim Znak is a lawyer and a member of the presidium of the Coordination Council.

He was detained on September 9. Znak's apartment was searched and he was taken to the Investigative Committee for questioning .

The Investigative Committee said that Maksim Znak was suspected of a criminal offense under Part 3 of Art. 361 of the Criminal Code (appeals to actions aimed at harming the national security of the Republic of Belarus).

On September 18, he faced formal charges under Part 3 of Art. 361 of the Criminal Code. The lawyer declared a hunger strike to protest the charges.

Kalesnikava, Znak and Salei are new political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Illia Salei is Maryia Kalesnikava's lawyer.

He was detained on September 9 and his apartment was searched. Salei was then taken to the Investigative Committee for interrogation.

The Investigative Committee said that Salei was suspected of a criminal offense under Part 3 of Art. 361 of the Criminal Code (appeals to actions aimed at harming the national security of the Republic of Belarus). He was detained for 72 hours and then for two months.

Salei is held in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.

Kalesnikava, Znak and Salei are new political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Uladzislau Mikhalap is HR at the PandaDoc software company. He was arrested on September 2 and taken into custody as a suspect in a criminal case under Part 4 of Art. 210 of the Criminal Code (theft through abuse of official capacity). On the same day, his apartment and office were searchedPandaDoc founder Mikita Mikada publicly condemned the political repression in Belarus. In response to the events of August 6-11, Mikada and his business partner Siarhei Barysiuk launched an initiative called Protect Belarus to help law enforcement officers who lost their jobs after refusing to carry out criminal orders.

Mikhalap is held in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.

On September 11, he was charged with "fraud committed by an organized group or on a large scale" (Part 4 of Article 209 of the Criminal Code).

HRDs call to end repression and release political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Viktar Kuushynau is product director of the PandaDoc software company. He was arrested on September 2 and taken into custody as a suspect in a criminal case under Part 4 of Art. 210 of the Criminal Code (theft through abuse of official capacity). On the same day, his apartment and office were searched.

PandaDoc founder Mikita Mikada publicly condemned the political repression in Belarus. In response to the events of August 6-11, Mikada and his business partner Siarhei Barysiuk launched an initiative called Protect Belarus to help law enforcement officers who lost their jobs after refusing to carry out criminal orders.

Kuushynau is held in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.

On September 11, he was charged with "fraud committed by an organized group or on a large scale" (Part 4 of Article 209 of the Criminal Code).

HRDs call to end repression and release political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Dzmitry Rabtsevich is director of the PandaDoc software company. He was arrested on September 2 and taken into custody as a suspect in a criminal case under Part 4 of Art. 210 of the Criminal Code (theft through abuse of official capacity). On the same day, his apartment and office were searched.

PandaDoc founder Mikita Mikada publicly condemned the political repression in Belarus. In response to the events of August 6-11, Mikada and his business partner Siarhei Barysiuk launched an initiative called Protect Belarus to help law enforcement officers who lost their jobs after refusing to carry out criminal orders.

Rabtsevich is held in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.

On September 11, he was charged with "fraud committed by an organized group or on a large scale" (Part 4 of Article 209 of the Criminal Code).

HRDs call to end repression and release political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Yulia Shardyka is chief accountant of the PandaDoc software company. She was arrested on September 2 and taken into custody as a suspect in a criminal case under Part 4 of Art. 210 of the Criminal Code (theft through abuse of official capacity). On the same day, her apartment and office were searched.

PandaDoc founder Mikita Mikada publicly condemned the political repression in Belarus. In response to the events of August 6-11, Mikada and his business partner Siarhei Barysiuk launched an initiative called Protect Belarus to help law enforcement officers who lost their jobs after refusing to carry out criminal orders.

Shardyka is held in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.

On September 11, she was charged with "fraud committed by an organized group or on a large scale" (Part 4 of Article 209 of the Criminal Code).

HRDs call to end repression and release political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Liliya Ulasava is a member of the Presidium of the Coordination Council, a well-known lawyer and international mediator, partner and director of the Ulasava, Mikhel and Partners law firm. She was arrested by the Department for Financial Investigations on August 31.

Later she faced criminal charges under Part 2 of Art. 243 of the Criminal Code (tax evasion).

Ulasava is held in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.

HRDs call to end repression and release political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Aliaksandr Vasilevich is a businessman, co-founder of the online media outlets kyky.org and The Village-Belarus, owner of the agency Vondel / Hepta and the event space Gallery Ў.

He was detained on August 28 by representatives of the Financial Investigations Department of the State Control Committee. His apartment, office and the companies he ran were searched.

On September 4, Vasilevich was charged. Due to the lawyer's subscription not to disclose the materials of the investigation, it is currently unknown under which article of the Criminal Code he is charged. Vasilevich's wife Nadzeya Zeliankova is also a suspect in the criminal case.

Vasilevich is held in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.

HRDs call to end repression and release political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Dzmitry Kubarau is suspected of participation in "mass riots" (Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code).

He is being held in the Minsk pre-trial detention center.

More arrested protesters called political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Viktar Pantsialeyeu was detained in Brest and is suspected of participation in "mass riots" (Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code).

He is being held in the Brest pre-trial detention center.

More arrested protesters called political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 7, vulica Karla Marxa, 86, 224030, Brest


Vital Prakapchuk was detained in Brest on August 19 together with his son Yahor.

Prakapchuk is suspected of participation in "mass riots" (Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code).

He is being held in the Brest pre-trial detention center.

More arrested protesters called political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 7, vulica Karla Marxa, 86, 224030, Brest


Yahor Prakapchuk was detained in Brest on August 19 together with his father Vital.

Prakapchuk is suspected of participation in "mass riots" (Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code).

He is being held in the Brest pre-trial detention center.

More arrested protesters called political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 7, vulica Karla Marxa, 86, 224030, Brest


Viachaslau Rahashchuk was detained in Pinsk. He was beaten for three days after arrest. Rahashchuk was charged with participation in "mass riots" (Part 2, Art. 293 of the Criminal Code).

He is being held in the pre-trial prison in Baranavičy.

More arrested protesters called political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 6, vulica Brestckaja, 258, 225413, Baranavičy


Artur Khalimonchyk was detained in Pinsk on August 10 and charged with participation in "mass riots" (Part 2, Art. 293 of the Criminal Code).

He is being held in the pre-trial prison in Baranavičy.

More arrested protesters called political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 6, vulica Brestckaja, 258, 225413, Baranavičy


Aleh Rubets was detained in Pinsk on August 10. He was badly beaten during arrest. Rubets is a suspected of participation in "mass riots" (Art. 293 of the Criminal Code).

He is being held in the pre-trial prison in Baranavičy.

More arrested protesters called political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 6, vulica Brestckaja, 258, 225413, Baranavičy


Raman Bahnavets was detained in Pinsk and charged with participation in "mass riots" (Part 2, Art. 293 of the Criminal Code).

He is being held in the pre-trial prison in Baranavičy.

More arrested protesters called political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 6, vulica Brestckaja, 258, 225413, Baranavičy


Daniil Bohnat was detained in Pinsk as part of the "mass riots" criminal case.

He is being held in the pre-trial prison in Baranavičy.

More arrested protesters called political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 6, vulica Brestckaja, 258, 225413, Baranavičy


Tatsiana Kaneuskaya is a proxy of presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in Homieĺ.

In the evening of August 6, Tatsiana Kaneuskaya's house was searched, and in the morning security officers came to Kaneuskaya's house with a second search. The woman was arrested.

She was charged under Part 1 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code, "organization of riots."

Nine more persons facing rioting charges called political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Yury Ulasau is a proxy of presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in the Homieĺ region.

He was arrested on August 6 in Homieĺ. His apartment was searched as part of a criminal case. On November 15, 2019, Ulasau allegedly insulted police officers.

Yury Ulasau was later charged under Part 1 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code, "organization of riots."

Nine more persons facing rioting charges called political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Artsiom Sauchuk

He was charged under Part 1 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code, "Organization of riots."

Nine more persons facing rioting charges called political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Artsiom Khvashcheuski

He was charged under Part 1 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code, "organization of riots."

Nine more persons facing rioting charges called political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Yury Savitski is a member of Viktar Babaryka's nomination group.

He was charged under Part 1 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code, "organization of riots."

Nine more persons facing rioting charges called political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Aliaksandr Shabalin is a member of the nomination group of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in Homieĺ.

He was charged under Part 1 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code, "organization of riots."

Nine more persons facing rioting charges called political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Ihnat Sidorchyk is a young director.

He was held in the Žodzina pre-trial detention center, later he was transferred to pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.

Sidorchyk was charged under Part 1 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code, "organization of riots."

Nine more persons facing rioting charges called political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Akikhiro Hayeuski-Hanada, an activist of an anarchist movement, was arrested on August 12.

He was charged under Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code, "participation in riots."

He is being held in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.

Nine more persons facing rioting charges called political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Aliaksandr Frantskevich, an activist of an anarchist movement, was arrested on August 13 during a peaceful protest.

He was charged under Part 1 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code, "organization of riots."

He is being held in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk. Frantskevich reported being tortured in the KGB.

Nine more persons facing rioting charges called political prisoners

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Yury Vaskrasenski is a businessman and coordinator of Viktar Babaryka's campaign team. He was detained on August 12. The next day, a story aired on Belarus 1 TV called him the organizer of the protests in the capital's Uruchcha district. Vaskrasenski is suspected of committing crimes under Articles 293 (mass riots) and 310 (deliberate blocking of transport communications) of the Criminal Code.

He is held in the KGB pre-trial prison.

HRDs call to release political prisoners held on rioting charges

Address: Main Post Office, PO box 8, 220050, Minsk


Ihar Yarmolau is a volunteer of Viktar Babaryka's campaign headquarters. According to his parents, he was beaten during arrest. Yarmolau was hospitalized and underwent surgery.

On August 18, he was transferred to the KGB pre-trial prison. He is facing charges under Article 293 of the Criminal Code.

HRDs call to release political prisoners held on rioting charges

Address: Main Post Office, PO box 8, 220050, Minsk


Liavon Khalatran is a volunteer of Viktar Babaryka's campaign headquarters. He was detained in the framework of the "rioting case" (Article 293 of the Criminal Code).

Khalatran is held in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.

HRDs call to release political prisoners held on rioting charges

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220050, Minsk


Anton Bialenski is a volunteer of Viktar Babaryka's campaign headquarters. He was detained in the framework of the "rioting case" (Article 293 of the Criminal Code).

Bialenski is held in the KGB pre-trial prison.

HRDs call to release political prisoners held on rioting charges

Address: Main Post Office, PO box 8, 220050, Minsk


Andrei Pazniak is a volunteer of Viktar Babaryka's campaign headquarters. He was detained in the framework of the "rioting case" (Article 293 of the Criminal Code).

Pazniak was badly beaten during arrest. He is held in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.

HRDs call to release political prisoners held on rioting charges

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


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Uladzislau Karetski is a volunteer of Viktar Babaryka's campaign headquarters. He was detained in the framework of the "rioting case" (Article 293 of the Criminal Code).

Karetski is held in the KGB pre-trial prison as a suspect.

HRDs call to release political prisoners held on rioting charges

Address: Main Post Office, PO box 8, 220050, Minsk


Vitaly Shklyarov is a native of Homieĺ and lives in the United States. He came to his home city to visit his parents and was arrested on July 29. Shklyarov was then placed in pre-trial prison No. 1 in Minsk.

Shklyarov is facing charges under Part 1, Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (organization or active participation in group actions that grossly violate public order).

Charges against arrested strategist Vitaly Shklyarov politically motivated, HRDs say

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Siarhei Korshun is a blogger working with a Telegram channel called “Armiya S Narodom” (“Army with the People”). He was arrested on July 21 and in early August charged under Part 1 and 2, Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (preparing for and participating in group actions that gravely breach public order). The charges are linked to the May 29 election picket in Hrodna, which resulted in what is now known as "Tsikhanouski case".

Siarhei Korshun is new political prisoner

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Dmitry Popov is the moderator of several social media accounts linked to Siarhei Tsikhanouski's YouTube channel "A Country For Living". He was probably arrested on June 4. Prior to that, he posted a video saying that the police wanted to arrest him in a criminal case. A few days later, it became known that he had been sentenced to 15 days in jail and taken to the Minsk detention center.

From there he was transferred to pre-trial detention center No. 1, where he is still being held.

On July 10, Dmitry Popov was charged under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal code of the Republic of Belarus (preparation for or active participation in group actions which grossly breach public order).

Russian national facing charges in Tsikhanouski case

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Siarhei Sparysh is an activist of the Narodnaya Hramada party. He was arrested on June 25 by plainclothes police officers who used physical force to pull him out of his apartment. The reason for the arrest was a 15-day term of administrative detention earlier imposed on the activist for laying flowers at the Military Cemetery in Minsk on May 8. On July 9, it became known that a criminal case had been instituted against him under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code. The charge was said to be linked to the events of May 29 in Hrodna.

Siarhei Sparysh is currently a suspect in the case and is being held in a detention center in Minsk.

Siarhei Sparysh is new political prisoner

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Pavel Seviarynets is an opposition politician, co-founder of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party. He was arrested on June 7. After that, he was sentenced to at least three terms of detention, 15 days each, for participating in election pickets and calls to participate in mass events.

It has been a month since Pavel Seviarynets was confined to the pre-trial detention center in Minsk. He is also expected to serve 30 more days in prison for participating in the anti-integration protests held in December and January. Thus, the total duration of the activist’s sentence is at least 105 days, which exceeds the maximum term (three months) of arrest imposed on criminal convicts.

Immediately release Pavel Seviarynets! Joint statement of human rights and other civil society organizations of Belarus

Address: Temporary Detention Facility, Piershy Zavulak Akrestsina 36A, 220089, Minsk


Dzmitry Karaka is a coordinator of Viktar Babaryka's nomination group. He was arrested on June 18 along with Babaryka and his son Eduard. Dzmitry Karaka's house was searched before the arrest.

He is being held in the KGB pre-trial detention center.

Human rights groups call to release Babaryka campaign activists

Address: PO box 8, Main Post Office, 220050, Minsk


*Alena Karahachava is a member of the nomination group and a personal assistant to presidential nominee Viktar Babaryka. She was arrested on July 1 by officers of the Financial Investigations Department of the State Control Committee and taken to the KGB jail.

According to available information, Karahachava is charged under Part 2 of Art. 243 of the Criminal Code (tax evasion in a particularly large amount).

Human rights groups call to release Babaryka campaign activists

*On September 2, Karahachava was released on bail.


Mikalai Statkevich is a veteran opposition politician and former political prisoner. He was arrested on May 31 on his way to an election picket by presidential nominee Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. He was later sentenced to 15 days of administrative detention. On June 15, he stood another trial and received another 15 days.

On June 30, Statkevich was to be released after 30 days in detention, but the night before, Statkevich's wife Maryna Adamovich received a phone call from an investigator saying that the politician was suspected of committing a crime under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code ("Organization or participation in group actions that grossly violate public order"). He was transferred to pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.

Viasna condemns persecution of opposition leader Statkevich as politically motivated

Address: Pre-trial detention center, vulica Savieckaja 22A, 222160, Žodzina


Dzmitry Kazlou is a blogger running a YouTube channel called "Seryi Kot". He was arrested on June 10 along with several European Belarus activists. The following day, he was sentenced to 20 days in jail and was due to be released on June 30, but remained behind bars. On the same day, it became known that was suspected of committing a crime under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code ("Organization or participation in group actions that grossly violate public order"). The blogger was transferred to pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Ihar Losik is the administrator of the Telegram channel "Belarus Golovnogo Mozga", with more than 172 thousand subscribers. On June 25, a house in Baranavichy where Ihar Losik and his family live was searched and the vlogger was arrested. In the evening of the same day, it became known that a criminal case had been opened against Ihar Losik under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code. After being detained in a temporary detention facility in Minsk, Ihar Losik was transferred to pre-trial detention center No. 1.

Four critical bloggers charged in Tsikhanouski case

Address: Pre-trial detention center, vulica Savieckaja 22A, 222160, Žodzina


Uladzimir Tsyhanovich is a blogger and author of the MozgON YouTube channel. He was arrested on June 9 to serve a 15-day detention in March 2020. On June 15, another trial took place and the blogger was sentenced to an additional 15 days.

On June 26, human rights activists learned that Uladzimir Tsyhanovich had been transferred to pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk. He is another suspect in Siarhei Tsikhanouski's case.

Four critical bloggers charged in Tsikhanouski case

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Aliaksandr Kabanau is a Brest-based blogger, author of the YouTube channel "Narodnyi Reportyor" and spokesperson for Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya's inomination group. He was arrested on June 15, after he was invited to a local hospital as part of the COVID-19 measures, and taken to the Lieninski district detention center in Brest. The court sentenced the blogger to 15 days in jail. However, on June 20, the blogger disappeared from the detention center. His fate became known to human rights activists only on June 25, when Kabanau's parents' apartment was searched and the blogger was transferred to pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.

Aliaksandr Kabanau is a suspect in a criminal case under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code related to the events in Hrodna on May 29.

Four critical bloggers charged in Tsikhanouski case

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Siarhei Piatrukhin is a blogger based in Brest, author of the YouTube channels "Narodnyi Reportyor" ("People's Reporter") and "YouTube Deputaty" ("YouTube MPs"). On June 16, he was detained in the Puchavičy district and taken to the Kobryn pre-trial detention center. On June 25, Piatrukhin was taken to a temporary detention center in Minsk. It became known that he was detained as part of a criminal case under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code of Belarus (organization and preparation for actions that grossly violate public order), related to the events on May 29 in Hrodna.

Four critical bloggers charged in Tsikhanouski case

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Uladzimir Niaronski is a blogger based in Sluck, author of the YouTube channel "Sluck for Life". Since May 8, he has been serving 40 days of administrative detention on illegal protesting charges. It is unknown when and where his trials took place. On June 17, it became known that Uladzimir Niaronski had been placed in pre-trial prison No. 1 in Minsk. A criminal case was opened against him under two articles of the Criminal Code: Part 1 of Art. 342 (organization and preparation for actions that grossly violate public order) - for the election picket on May 29 in Hrodna, and Art. 369 (insulting a government official) - for allegedly insulting the chairman of the Sluck district executive committee on his YouTube channel.

Four critical bloggers charged in Tsikhanouski case

Address: Pre-trial detention center, vulica Savieckaja 22A, 222160, Žodzina


Siarhei Tsikhanouski is a vlogger, author of the YouTube channel "Country for Living". He was detained on May 29 during a picket organized in Hrodna to collect signatures for the nomination of his wife Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. As a result of a series of provocative actions, Tsikhanouski and several other campaign activists were arrested by riot police.

On June 8, Siarhei Tsikhanouski, along with six other detainees, was charged under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (disturbing public order). He later faced an additional charge under Article 191 of the Criminal Code (obstructing elections).

Statement by human rights organizations on the arrest of Siarhei Tsikhanouski

Address: Pre-trial detention center, vulica Savieckaja 22A, 222160, Žodzina


Dzmitry Furmanau is a member of the nomination group of presidential nominee Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. He was detained during an election picket in Hrodna on May 29. Furmanau is facing charges under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order).

HRDs insist on immediate release of all activists charged under Article 342 of the Criminal Code

Address: Pre-trial detention center, vulica Savieckaja 22A, 222160, Žodzina


*Viarhili Ushak is a cameraman who filmed an election picket held in Hrodna on May 29. He was detained the same day and later charged under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order). According to his fiancée Nadzeya, Viarhili had never mey anyone from the "Country for Living" team or Tsikhanouskaya's nomination group.

HRDs insist on immediate release of all activists charged under Article 342 of the Criminal Code

*On July 29, Ushak was released on bail.


Aliaksandr Aranovich is a member of the team of the YouTube channel "Country for Living". A native of Staryja Darohi, Minsk region, he was detained an election picket held in Hrodna on May 29 and later charged under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order).

HRDs insist on immediate release of all activists charged under Article 342 of the Criminal Code

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Artsiom Sakau is a member of the nomination group of presidential nominee Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. Following his involvement in the election picket on May 29 in Hrodna, he was detained on May 31 and charged under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order).

HRDs insist on immediate release of all activists charged under Article 342 of the Criminal Code

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


Andrei Novikau is a citizen of the Russian Federation, a volunteer of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya's nomination group. He was detained on June 6 in the village of Prusy, Pastavy district, Viciebsk region, for participating in the May 29 picket in Hrodna. He was first charged under Art. 23.34 of the Administrative Code (illegal protesting), and then it became known that he was taken to the Minsk detention center, and then to pre-trial prison No. 1. On June 12, Novikau faced charges under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order).

HRDs insist on immediate release of all activists charged under Article 342 of the Criminal Code

Address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk


*Vasil Babrouski was detained after an election picket on May 29 in Hrodna. He later faced charges under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order).

HRDs insist on immediate release of all activists charged under Article 342 of the Criminal Code

*On July 9, Babrouski was released on bail.


*Uladzimir Navumik is a member of the nomination group of presidential nominee Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. Following his involvement in the election picket on May 29 in Hrodna, he was detained on May 31 and charged under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order).

HRDs insist on immediate release of all activists charged under Article 342 of the Criminal Code

*On July 9, Navumik was released on bail.


Viktar Babaryka is a presidential nominee who was detained on June 18 together with his son Eduard on his way to the CEC. The detention was carried out by the Department for Financial Investigations of the State Control Committee. Lawyers were not allowed to visit the detainees during the entire day. On the same day, Viktar Babaryka was placed in the KGB pre-trial detention center.

The day before, Viktar Babaryka's account with the nominee's election fund was blocked.

On June 21, Viktar Babaryka was charged under Art. 243 (tax evasion on a large scale), Art. 235 (money laundering), Art. 210 (theft on a particularly large scale), Art. 209 (fraud), as well as under Art. 430 (receiving a bribe) and Art. 431 (bribing).

Viktar Babaryka strongly disagrees with the accusation, and his defense insists on his complete innocence.

Belarusian human rights defenders call to immediately release Viktar Babaryka and members of his nomination group

Address: PO box 8, Main Post Office, 220050, Minsk


Eduard Babaryka is the head of the nomination group of presidential nominee Viktar Babaryka. He was detained on June 18 together with his father on their way to the CEC. The detention was carried out by the Department for Financial Investigations of the State Control Committee. Lawyers were not allowed to visit the detainees during the entire day. On the same day, Eduard Babaryka was placed in the KGB pre-trial detention center.

On June 21, Eduard Babaryka was charged under Art. 243 (tax evasion on a particularly large scale).

Belarusian human rights defenders call to immediately release Viktar Babaryka and members of his nomination group

Address: PO box 8, Main Post Office, 220050, Minsk


Uladzimir Dudarau is the coordinator of Viktar Babaryka's nomination group in the Mahilioŭ region. He was detained on June 11.

Uladzimir Dudarau used to work in the Mahilioŭ city executive committee. In 2018, he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Mahilioŭ city executive committee, oversaw the construction, housing and communal services. He left the post last October.

Belarusian human rights defenders call to immediately release Viktar Babaryka and members of his nomination group

Address: Pre-trial detention center, vulica Krupskaj 99А, 212011, Mahilioŭ


Sviatlana Kupreyeva is a friend of Viktar Babaryka's family and the coordinator of his nomination group in one of Minsk districts. On June 11, her home was searched and the woman was taken to the KGB for questioning, after which she was remanded in custody. On June 15, her and her mother's apartment was searched again and property was siezed. Svatlana was only allowed to receive the essentials four days after the detention.

During the arrest, the financial police officers said that Sviatlana Kupreyeva was suspected of committing a crime under Part 2 of Art. 243 of the Criminal Code (tax evasion on a particularly large scale).

Belarusian human rights defenders call to immediately release Viktar Babaryka and members of his nomination group

Address: PO box 8, Main Post Office, 220050, Minsk


Ivan Komar is an anarchist who on February 12, 2020 was sentenced by the Lieninski District Court of Minsk to 7 years in prison.

Statement by human rights organizations calling Komar and Yemialyianau new political prisoners

Why are convicted anarchists Yemialyianau and Komar Belarus’s new political prisoners?

Address: PK-17, vul. 1-ja Zavodskaja 8, 213004, Škloŭ


Mikita Yemialyianau is an anarchist who on February 12, 2020 was sentenced by the Lieninski District Court of Minsk to 7 years in prison.

Statement by human rights organizations calling Komar and Yemialyianau new political prisoners

Why are convicted anarchists Yemialyianau and Komar Belarus’s new political prisoners?

Address: PK-2, vulica Sikorskaha 1, 213800, Babrujsk


Mikhail ZhamchMikhail Zhamchuzhnyuzhny is a human rights activist, who was sentenced on 10 July 2015 to 6.5 years of imprisonment in a penal colony under strict regime. The sentence pronounced by the Viciebsk Regional Court also includes a ban on holding positions related to the implementation of organizational and administrative duties for a period of 2 years and 8 months. A number of key human rights organizations declared the convict a political prisoner.

Earlier served his sentence in Vaŭkavysk. On 13 July 2017, transferred to penal colony No. 9 in the town of Horki.

Address: PK-9. vulica Dabraliubava 16, 213410, Horki, Mahilioŭ Region


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