Aliaksandr Frantskevich

anarchist, sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment

Date of birth: 6 May 1990

Date of detention: 13 August 2020

Charges indicted:

Part 1 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code — Organization of riots
Part 3 of Art. 293 of the Criminal code — Training or other preparation of persons for participation in mass riots, or financing of this activity
Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Art. 361 of the Criminal Code — Calls for actions aimed at causing harm to the national security of the Republic of Belarus
Art. 218 of the Criminal Code — Intentional destruction or damage to property committed in a generally dangerous manner or causing damage on a large scale
Part 2 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code — Hooliganism committed by a group of persons
Art. 341 of the Criminal Code — Desecration of structures and damage to property
Art. 361-1 of the Criminal Code — Creation of an extremist formation, or participation in it
Art. 130 of the Criminal Code — Incitement to hatred
Part 3 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code — Especially malicious hooliganism
Art. 295-3 of the Criminal Code — Illegal actions in relation to objects which action is based on use of combustible substances
Part 1 of Art. 285 of the Criminal Code - Creation of a criminal organization or its leadership
Part 1 of Article 13 and Article 293 of the Criminal Code — Preparation for mass riots

Sentence: 17 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a maximum-security penal colony

Judge: Siarhei Khrypach

Prosecutor: Raman Biziuk

Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 1

Godparent: Fabian Molina,, Swiss National Councilor

Aliaksandr Frantskevich, an activist in an anarchist movement, was arrested during a peaceful protest on August 13.

He was charged under Part 1 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code, "organization of riots."

He is being held in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk. Frantskevich reported being tortured in the KGB.

On January 28, the authorities said that Frantskevich, as well as other political prisoners Andrei Chapiuk and Akikhiro Hayeuski-Hanada, were targeted in a new criminal case under Part 2 of Article 285 of the Criminal Code, "participation in a criminal organization in any other form." Subsequently, the charge was reclassified to ‘establishing or leading a criminal organization’.

At the end of November 2021, it became known that Frantskevich was charged with the following 13 articles of the Criminal Code:

  • Part 1 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code — Organization of riots
  • 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
  • Art. 361 of the Criminal Code — Calls for actions aimed at causing harm to the national security of the Republic of Belarus
  • Art. 218 of the Criminal Code — Intentional destruction or damage to property committed in a generally dangerous manner or causing damage on a large scale
  • Part 2 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code — Hooliganism committed by a group of persons
  • Art. 341 of the Criminal Code — Desecration of structures and damage to property
  • Art. 361-1 of the Criminal Code — Creation of an extremist formation, or participation in it
  • Part 2 of Art. 285 of the Criminal Code — Participation in a criminal organization in any other form
  • Art. 130 of the Criminal Code — Incitement to hatred
  • Part 3 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code — Especially malicious hooliganism
  • Art. 295-3 of the Criminal Code — Illegal actions in relation to objects which action is based on use of combustible substances
  • Part 1 of Art. 285 of the Criminal Code — Creation of a criminal organization or its leadership

On April 25, 2022, the trial commenced in Minsk Municipal Court. Prosecutor Andrei Buhuk requested a hearing in a closed session, because “there are materials of extremist nature in the materials of the criminal case”. The judge granted his petition and decided to close the hearing. All attendees were ordered out of the courtroom.

Four and a half months later, on September 6, 2022, Frantskevich was sentenced—he received 17 years in a maximum-security penal colony and a fine of 22,400 Belarusian rubles (more than $8,800).

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Mail address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1. 220030, Minsk, vulica Valadarskaha 2

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