artist, sentenced to 4 years in prison
Date of birth: 11 Oct 1991
Date of detention: 26 Oct 2020
Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code - Participation in riots
Art. 342 of the Criminal Code - Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Aliaksandr Nurdzinau is a 29-year-old artist from Minsk.
On February 5, the Lieninski District Court of Minsk sentenced Aliaksandr Nurdzinau to four years in a medium-security penal colony under Part 1 of Art. 342 and Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code. He was accused of taking part in the protests of August 9-10, blocking roads, erecting barricades and of "throwing vegetation from flower beds at law enforcement officers". The sentence was handed down by Judge Tatsiana Shotsik.
In his last statement, Nurdzinau reiterated that he came out on August 9 to buy paints. He said that he came to the park and saw police violence, which provoked him to join the protest. Aliaksandr admitted that he went on the road, but said it was blocked on four sides, and there were no cars on it.
"I asked myself, "What do I do next?" Should I hide in the bushes and pretend I kind of didn't see anything and carry this weight throughout my life. And you know what it's like to wake up six months after and hear that sound, probably an explosion? You know?! You don't! And I know! It's especially the first days, you just can't sleep. I was led by my soul. Believe it or not. I will serve my four years - I will go out with my hands up, with my head up and with a clean soul," the convict said.