Aliaksei Siankou

retired colonel of justice, sentenced to 2 years in prison

Date of birth: 7 September 1978

Date of detention: 5 July 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 342 of the Criminal Code β€” Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them

Sentence: 3 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a maximum-security penal colony

Date of release: 12 April 2023

Judge: Natallia Buhuk

Aliaksei Siankou is a retired colonel of justice, former employee of the Investigative Committee.

On July 5, 2021, he was detained at his workplace and soon dismissed.

Siankou was convicted under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (group actions grossly violating public order) and sentenced to two years in a general-security penal colony. He was found guilty of taking part in two protests on August 16 and 23, 2020. In particular, he clapped his hands and shouted slogans.

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