Maksim Viniarski sentenced to 15 days of arrest for action of solidarity with Ukraine

2014 2014-03-06T15:13:21+0300 2014-03-06T15:13:21+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
European Belarus activist Maksim Viniarski

European Belarus activist Maksim Viniarski

Maksim Viniarski, a coordinator of European Belarus, held a picket near the Embassy of Russia in Belarus on March 5.

At 4 p.m., he came to the entrance of the embassy with a poster “Occupants, get out of Ukraine!” at 4 p.m.

The police officer, who guarded the embassy, came up to Mr. Viniarski and tried to seize the poster. He also ordered the activist to show his documents. After this, he called a riot police squad. The activist was detained at 4.40 p.m. and taken to the Tsentralny District Police Department of Minsk. He was charged with violating article 23.24 of the Code of Administrative Offences (organising or participating in unsanctioned mass events).

Viktoryia Shabunia, a judge of the Tsentralny District Court, sentenced the activist to 15 days in custody. Lieutenant Siameshkin and the embassy's security officer Yury Pazniak testified against the activist.