Anastasiya Mirontsava

served full term, released

Date of birth: 15 January 1996

Date of detention: 16 October 2020

Charges indicted:

Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Art. 364 of the Criminal Code — Violence or threat of violence against an employee of the internal affairs bodies

Sentence: 2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Date of release: 16 June 2022

Judge: Aliaksandr Volk

Anastasiya Mirontsava was detained on October 16, 2020, as part of a criminal case under Part 1 of Article 342 of the Criminal Code (active participation in group actions which gravely breach public order).

Anastasiya's sister Viktoryia was also detained as part of the case.

Anastasiya, 24, and Viktoryia, 26, were accused of joining a protest held in central Minsk on August 10. They reportedly shouted slogans and clapped their hands, while refusing to leave the street.

According to the investigation, these actions led to a “prolonged disturbance of public peace,” obstruction of public and other transport, and interfered with the regular operation of the Minsktrans city transport operator, which requested 21,831 rubles in damages.

The same day, the girls allegedly resisted arrest. In particular, Anastasiya grabbed the right arm of a police officer who fell, as a result. 

On April 1, 2021, Judge Aliaksandr Volk of the Saviecki District Court of Minsk sentenced Anastasiya Mirontsava to two years in a general-security penal colony, finding her guilty of “breaching public order” (Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code) and “using violence against police officers” (Part 1 of Art. 363).

Anastasiya served her sentence in full and was released on June 16, 2022.

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