Aliaksandr Ahraitsovich

entrepreneur, election observer, sentenced to 2 years of restricted freedom, released under amnesty

Former prisoner

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")

Date of release: 26 May 2023

Judge: Dzmitry Astapenka

Prosecutor: Veranika Zubik

Groups: Блогеры, Businessmen

Godparent: Valentin Abel, member of the Bundestag

Aliaksandr Ahraitsovich is an entrepreneur based in Minsk. He worked as an observer during the 2019 parliamentary elections and was eventually convicted under Article 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 the election commission members, which "discredited their honor and dignity." The video had more than five thousand views.

The defendant pleaded not guilty: he was convinced that the election results had been falsified.

The Zavodski District Court of Minsk sentenced Aliaksandr Ahraitsovich to 24 months of restricted freedom in an open-type penal facility.

On May 26, 2023, the political prisoner reported that he had been released under amnesty from open-type penal colony No. 43 in Mahilioŭ.

Addresses of prisons:

What should I know and how to help?

✉️ Write a letter. Make a scan of your letter or postcard and share it online

🤝 Please use the Russian (or Belarusian) name of the prison

💡 Foreign-language messages may be blocked, so attach a translation (e.g.

💡 A big guide about helping Belarusian political prisoners from abroad

💡 More tips here

Support “Viasna”