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MMA fighter Uladzislau Navitski sentenced to three years of restricted freedom

2022 2022-08-02T18:25:30+0300 2022-08-02T18:25:30+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Uladzislau Navitski

Uladzislau Navitski

On August 2, 2022, the Saviecki District Court of Minsk sentenced an MMA fighter Uladzislau Navitski. He was charged with ‘organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order or participation in them’ under Part 1 of Article 342 of the Criminal Code.

Judge Maryna Fiodarava considered the case.

Political prisoner Uladzislau Navitski, an MMA fighter, was detained on March 26, 2022, for participating in protest actions in 2020. He has been in pre-trial detention until the trial.

It is known that Navitski was accused of two episodes of participation in mass protests that took place in Minsk following the fraudulent presidential elections in 2020. In one of them, he and other individuals blocked the roadway and thus hampered public transportation.

‘Repentant’ video of the athlete appeared in the governmental media. In this video, Uladzislau says he knew people fighting in Ukraine against the Russian occupiers.

Uladzislau Navitski fully admitted his guilt in court.

The judge found him guilty and sentenced him to three years of restricted freedom in an open-type correctional institution. He was also found financially liable to the public transportation enterprise Minsktrans for 25,000 Belarusian rubles (equivalent to 9,910 US dollars).


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