tractor driver, football fan, sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison
Date of birth: 26 February 2002
Date of detention: 10 August 2020
Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code — Participation in riots
Art. 411 — Malicious disobedience to the demands of administration of the correctional institution
Sentence: 5 1/2 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a high security prison
Judge: Yauhen Brehan
Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 8
Godparent: Dirk Wiese, member of the German Bundestag
Aleh Rubets graduated from a vocational school in Pinsk (Brest region) and worked as a tractor driver. He was arrested in Pinsk on August 10, 2020. He was badly beaten during the arrest. Aleh Rubets was suspected of participating in "mass riots" (Article 293 of the Criminal Code).
On April 30, 2021, the Maskoŭski District Court of Brest delivered a sentence in the criminal case against 14 political prisoners accused of participating in mass riots on the night of August 9-10 in Pinsk. Aleh Rubets was sentenced to 5 years and 6 months of imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony.
The relatives of Aleh Rubets reported that in February 2022, the administration of the penal colony in Navapolack (Viciebsk region) placed the political prisoner in a punishment cell for 40 days. After that, he was placed in a tighter security cell. Besides, he wrote in a letter that he was facing a new trial aiming to change his punishment level to a prison regime.
On May 12, 2022, Aleh Rubets was informed that a criminal case under Article 411 of the Criminal Code ('Malicious disobedience to demands of administration of penal institution') had been brought against him. On June 10, 2022, in Navapolack, Judge Volha Balika ruled to transfer Aleh Rubets to a maximum-security prison for three years.
In late June 2022, the political prisoner was transferred from penal colony #1 in Navapolack to prison #8 in Žodzina (Minsk region).
In late December 2022, Aleh Rubets was placed in a punishment cell for 60 days.
In May 2023, he wrote in a letter that he had been in a punishment cell for 40 consecutive days. In total, he was held in a punishment cell for almost 200 days over the past year.
In mid-July 2023, it became known that Aleh Rubets had been placed in a punishment cell.
At the end of August 2023, Aleh Rubets was placed in a punishment cell again:
"Two months! ... 60 days ... 1440 hours ... Alone, in a "stone bag"!
Aleh is back in a punishment cell. No correspondence, no calls, no books.
24/7 by himself with his thoughts, his dreams, his hopes, his disappointments, but not with a broken spirit!!!"
The Maskoŭski District Court of Brest ruled today in the “rioting” case (Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code) against fourteen political prisoners accused of participating in riots on the night of August 9, 2020, in Pinsk. The victims of the case were 109 police officers and officials, who demanded a total of about 530,000 rubles in compensation from the political prisoners.