entrepreneur, sentenced to 2 years of restricted freedom
Date of birth: 27 April 1981
Date of detention: 23 April 2021
Art. 369 of the Criminal Code — Insulting a government official
Sentence: 2 years
Penalty: restricted freedom in an open penal facility ("khimiya")
Prison sentence start date: 17 September 2021
Judge: Maryna Fiodarava
Prosecutor: Aliaksei Valynets
Prison: Open correctional facility No. 43
Andrei Izotau is an entrepreneur based in Minsk. He was sentenced to two years of restricted freedom in an open correctional institution (“khimiya”) under Art. 369 of the Criminal Code.
Izotau was detained on April 23, 2021, when he was flying to Moscow. At the trial, Izotau said that he had no intention of fleeing the country. However, the investigation decided otherwise and detained him pending trial.
The man was accused of insulting an OMON commander, Ensign Kavalchuk, in a Telegram chat called "Executioners of Belarus".