List of political prisoners

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The Human Rights Center “Viasna” states that Belarus has political prisoners – people who are unlawfully deprived of liberty because of their political views, and demands their immediate release.

1. Mikalai Statkevich – detained on 20 December 2010. On 26 May 2011 was was sentenced to 6 years in high-security colony by the Partyzanski District Court of Minsk under part 1 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code (organization of mass riots which were accompanied with personal violence, pogroms, arsons, defilement of property and armed resistance to public agents). On 12 January 2012 was tried for alleged violations of the prison regime. The regime of the punishment was toughened, as a result of which Mr. Statkevich was transferred from penal colony #17 in Shklou to cell-type prison #4 in Mahiliou. On January 12, 2015 the prisoner was returned to penal colony #17 in Shklou.

2. Mikalai Dziadok – detained on 3 September 2010. On 27 May 2011 was sentenced to 4 years and 6 months of imprisonment by the Zavadski District Court of Minsk under part 2 of Article 339 (malignant hooliganism). On 5 December 2012 was tried for alleged violations of the prison regime. The regime of the punishment was toughened, as a result of which Mr. Dziadok was transferred from penal colony #17 in Shklou to cell-type prison #4 in Mahiliou. In November 2014, he faced new charges under the Article 411 for "willful disobedience to the correctional institution administration". On February 26, 2015 the court extended his imprisonment by 1 year and 3 days. On May 12, it was announced that he was transferred to penal colony No. 9 in Horki.

3. Ihar Alinevich – detained on 29 November 2010. On 27 May 2011 was sentenced to 8 years in high-security colony by the Zavadski District Court of Minsk under part 2 of Article 339 (malignant hooliganism), parts 2 and 3 of Article 218 of the Criminal Code (defilement of property in a generally dangerous way and on an especially large scale). Was serving his term in penal colony # 10 in Navapolatsk. In July 2014 was transferred to the penal colony "Vitsba-3".

4. * Yauhen Vaskovich – detained on 17 January 2011. On 18 May 2011 was sentenced to 7 years in high-security colony by the Babruisk District and City Court under part 2 of Article 339 (malignant hooliganism) and part 2 of Article 218 (especially large-scale defilement of property). Is serving his term in prison #17 in Shklou.On 12 October 2011 was tried for alleged violation of the prison regime. As a result, the prison regime was toughened and Mr. Vaskovich was transferred from penal colony #15 in Mahiliou to cell-type prison #4 in Mahiliou. He was again transferred to PK-15 in Mahilou on October 12, 2014  

5. * Artsiom Prakapenka – detained on 17 January 2011. On 18 May 2011 was sentenced to 7 years in high-security colony by the Babruisk District and City Court under part 2 of Article 339 (malignant hooliganism) and part 2 of Article 218 (especially large-scale defilement of property). Is serving his term in penal colony #15 in Mahiliou.

6. Yury Rubtsou - on October 6, 2014 sentenced by the court of the Tsentralny district of Minsk under Art. 391 of the Criminal Code ("insulting a judge") to 1 year and 6 months of restriction of freedom in open institution No. 7. On December 22, 2014 he was sent to serve his sentence in the village of Kuplin, Pruzhany district. On March 18, 2015 he faced new criminal charges under Article 415 of the Criminal Code, "evasion of serving punishment of restraint of liberty". He was taken into custody on April 6, and on April 13 transferred to jail in Baranavichy.

* Actions of these persons contain traits of an offence, but its qualification is considered as unfair and the imposed penalty is excessive. We believe that they have already served enough time in prison for their deeds and their further imprisonment is politically motivated.

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