copy center owner
Date of birth: 8 September 1989
Date of detention: 4 April 2022
Art. 371 of the Criminal Code — Illegal crossing of the state border of the Republic of Belarus
Sentence: 3 1/2 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Prison sentence start date: 24 February 2023
Judge: Dzmitryi Hryshyn
Prison: Penal colony No. 4
Alesia Bunevich runs a copy centre in Vilnius, Lithuania. She was detained on April 4, 2022, as part of a criminal case after she arrived in Belarus from Lithuania on the anniversary of her mother's death.
Alesia was taken into custody on charges of committing an act of terrorism by a group of persons by prior conspiracy under Part 2 of Article 289 of the Criminal Code. Based on the information posted in the state-controlled media, she is charged with assisting citizens of the Republic of Belarus to illegally cross the state border, which is not a crime under Belarusian legislation.