List of political prisoners

2015 2015-12-01T18:00:00+0300 2020-08-06T11:34:03+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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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, 220050, 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, 220050, 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: Temporary Detention Facility, Piershy Zavulak Akrestsina 36A, 220089, 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

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


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 No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220050, Minsk


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, 220050, 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 No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220050, Minsk


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, 220050, 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, 220050, 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, 220050, 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 No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220050, Minsk


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 No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220050, Minsk


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 before trial.


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, 220050, 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, 220050, 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, 220050, 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 before trial.


*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 before trial.


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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