Date of birth: 6 August 1965
Date of detention: 30 March 2021
Art. 130 of the Criminal Code - Incitement to hatred
Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 8
Ales Pushkin is a well-known artist.
On March 30, 2021, it was reported that Pushkin had been detained by the Interior Ministry in the village of Žyličy in the Kiraŭsk district, Mahilioŭ region.
On March 26, the Hrodna city prosecutor’s office opened a criminal case against Ales Pushkin and Pavel Mazheika, head of the Center for Urban Life in Hrodna, together with other individuals, for “deliberate actions aimed at rehabilitating and justifying Nazism” (Part 3 of Art. 130 of the Criminal Code, “incitement to hatred”). Pavel Mazheika was detained but later released without a charge.
According to the prosecutor’s office, the reason for the criminal case was a portrait of Yauhen Zhykhar with a machine gun on the shoulder by artist Ales Pushkin exhibited at the Center for Urban Life on March 19. According to the prosecutor’s office, during the exhibition, Ales Pushkin “characterized Zhykhar as a man of the Belarusian resistance, a fighter against the Bolsheviks, by which glorified and approved of his actions.”
On the night of March 26, Pushkin's house was searched. After his detention on March 30, he was transferred to the Hrodna prison No. 1.
In late April, Pushkin was transferred to pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk.