Aliaksandr Ahraitsovich

entrepreneur, election observer, sentenced to 2 years of restricted freedom

Date of birth: 29 May 1984

Date of detention: 12 June 2021

Charges indicted:

art. 188 of the Criminal Code — Defamation

Sentence: 2 years

Penalty: restricted freedom in an open penal facility ("khimiya")

Judge: Dzmitry Astapenka

Prosecutor: Veranika Zubik

Prison: Open correctional facility No. 43

Godparent: Valentin Abel, member of the Bundestag

Aliaksandr Ahraitsovich is an entrepreneur based in MInsk. He worked as an observer during the 2019 parliamentary elecitons, and was eventually convicted under Art. 188 of the Criminal Code (defamation).

Ahraitsovich was accused of slandering representatives of an election commission during the elections to the House of Representatives in 2019, namely 12 employees of school No. 187 in Minsk. In May 2020, he published on his YouTube channel a video alleging fraud by members of the election commission, which "discredited their honor and dignity." The video has been viewed more than five thousand times.

The accused pleaded not guilty: he is convinced that the election results were falsified.

The Zavodski District Court sentenced Aliaksandr Ahraitsovich to two years of restricted freedom in a correctional facility ("khimiya").

Mail address: Open correctional facility No. 43. 212003, Mahilioŭ, vulica Čaliuskincaŭ 76a

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