CEO developer, sentenced to 2 years in prison, released
Date of birth: 3 August 1995
Date of detention: 27 August 2020
Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Sentence: 2 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Date of release: 13 March 2022
Judge: Maksim Trusevich
Prosecutor: Ina Zubko
Aliaksei Karatkou is a CEO-developer at the MakeML startup. He was detained on August 27 in Independence Square in Minsk.
First, Karatkou was sentenced to 8 days under Article 23.34 of the Administrative Code for participating in an unauthorized mass event. On September 4, upon his release from detention, the man was immediately detained as a suspect under Part 3 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code (training or other preparation of persons to participate in riots). Karatkou later faced official charges.
He was held in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.
On May 25, 2021, Judge Maksim Trusevich of the Pieršamajski District Court of Minsk sentenced Aliaksei Karatkou to two years in a general-security penal colony, finding him guilty of “organizing or actively participating in group actions that grossly violate public order” (Article 342 of the Criminal Code).
Aliaksei served his sentence in full and was released from the penal colony in March 2022.