Hrodna: court did not reinstate history lecturer Andrei Charniakevich at work

2012 2012-12-07T21:33:51+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 7 December the trial on the case of the historian Andrei Charniakevich came to an end at the Leninski District Court of Hrodna.

In October the assistant professor of the Hrodna State University named after Yanka Kupala Andrei Charniakevich had been dismissed for alleged violations of the labor discipline. He tried to get reinstated at work through court. The trial was lead by the judge Liudmila Zhukouskaya and took five hearings.

On 7 December Andrei Charniakevich and his counsel had their last plea, as well as representatives of the defendant, after which a break was announced. After it, the judge upheld the university ruling for Charniakevich's dismissal.

“By this trial we wanted to prove the inadequacy of the punishment to the scale of the allegedly admitted violation. The difficulty was that we were limited to the formal side of the case. The real reason of my dismissal, connected to the publication of the Hrodna Studies and my participation in the program “Hrodna Names” at Radio “Racyja”, were factually banned. All our attempts to turn the attention of the court to the connection between the “prohibited” book and the dismissal were wain. Thus, the verdict was predictable,” commented Mr. Charniakevich.