Aliaksandr Sazonau

sentenced to 3 years in penal colony


Date of birth: 27 August 1990

Date of detention: 7 April 2022

Charges indicted:

Art. 352 of the Criminal Code — Illegal acquisition of computer information
Art. 203-1 of the Criminal Code — Illegal actions with respect to information about private life and personal data
Art. 426 of the Criminal Code: Abuse of power or authority

Sentence: 3 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Vasil Aurusevich

Prison: Penal colony No. 3

Notes: Антываенны пераслед

Groups: Сілавікі

Aliaksandar Sazonau and Yauhen Vasileusky were accused of 'illegal actions in relation to privacy information and personal data' (Part 1 and Part 2 of Art. 203-1), 'unlawful possession of computer information' (Part 1 of Art. 352), and 'abuse of power or official powers' (Part 2 of Art. 426 of the Criminal Code).

The former police officers Aliaksandar Sazonau and Yauhen Vasileusky were detained almost a year ago—on February 27, 2022, in Minsk. On March 1, 2022, both of them were sentenced to administrative arrest under Article 24.23 of the Code of Administrative Offenses ('Violation of the order of organizing or holding mass events'). The Pieršamajski District Court of Minsk sentenced Sazonau to 13 days of arrest, and Vasileusky to 15 days, for participating in a protest action against Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

On January 23, 2023, in a closed court session, the Ivacevičy District Court considered a criminal case against Sazonau and Vasileusky. The trial was conducted by the judge Vasil Aurusevich.

The court found Aliaksandar Sazonau guilty under Part 1 and Part 2 of Art. 203-1, Part 1, Art. 352, and Part 2 of Art. 426 of the Criminal Code, and sentenced him to three years of imprisonment in a general security penal colony, a fine of BYN 18,500 (approx. USD 7,327), and deprivation of the right to hold government official positions in internal affairs bodies for 5 years.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 3. 211322, Viciebsk region, Vićba

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”