Alena Kavalenka fined 3 mln rubles

2014 2014-04-16T04:32:23+0300 2014-04-16T04:32:23+0300 en

The proceeding in Pershamaiski district court lasted for less than half hour, RFE/RL reports.

According to a human rights activist PavelLevinau, who was present in court, AlenaKavalenka refused to give any explanations:

“Alena said that at the rally she expressed her civic position. By this she used her constitutional right for public expression of opinions. This is why she believes that this is pointless to ask authorities for permission for such actions. However the judge did not accept such arguments and announced the verdict: to fine Alena Kavalenka for participation in a non-authorized mass event for 20 basic units, which accounts for 3 million rubles”.

Alena Kavalenka’s trial was led by the judge of Pershamaiski district court NatalliaKarablina, who sentenced another participant of the same event, a CChP BPF member YanDziarzhautsau. Dziarzhautsau was sentenced to a 7-day arrest, since he was found the event’s organizer, in addition to which, according to police data, he committed already a second violation this year.

On 22 March Yan Dziarzhautsau and Alena Kavalenka came to the building of the school number 46, where a polling station was located, holding a banner that said ‘Boycott to the electoral farce’. Then Yan Dziarzhautsau tore apart invitations to the “elections”, since he believed that there was no free expression of will for citizens in Belarus. A CChP BPF member SiarheiKavalenka, the husband of Alena Kavalenka, filmed the event and posted the video on the Internet.