Aliaksandr Patapau

Former prisoner

Date of birth: 9 October 1954

Date of detention: 25 August 2022

Charges indicted:

Art. 368 of the Criminal Code — Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus

Sentence: 2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Date of release: 28 May 2024

Judge: Natallia Tratsiakova

Prosecutor: Natallia Barysenka

Notes: Вайна ва Ўкраіне

Aliaksandr Patapau was detained in late August 2022 as part of a criminal case under Article 368 of the Criminal Code for ‘insulting the president’ in comments on Odnoklassniki social media.

Aliaksandr's niece was reportedly killed and her three-year-old daughter was seriously injured during the missile attack on Kyiv. In the emotion of the moment, on July 8 and 16, 2022 Aliaksander posted two comments on the social media, which the expert examination deemed "insulting".

On 16 November 2022 Judge Natallia Tratsiakova found Aliaksandr Patapau guilty and sentenced him to two years of imprisonment.

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