Court cancels preventive supervision of Pavel Vinahradau
The Berazino District Court ruled today to terminate the preventive supervision imposed on opposition activist Pavel Vinahradau.
“This is a purely formal decision, because in fact the supervision expired on October 24 and the following day I returned to Minsk,” said Pavel.
On October 9, the Court of Berazino district rejected a proposal of the district police department to extend the preventive supervision.
In 2011, Pavel Vinahradau, an activist of the Zmena opposition movement, was sentenced to four years in prison on charges of involvement in the riots of December 19, 2010 in Minsk. Later, he was pardoned by and released from prison. After his release, Pavel continued his political activity, and therefore was repeatedly sentenced to administrative arrests and subjected to arbitrary detentions, including in the run-up to major social and political events in the country. Pavel Vinahradau was under preventive supervision for over three years. Ahead of the 2014 World Ice Hockey Championship in Minsk, Pavel had to leave Minsk after repeated threats from police officers.