Andrei Izotau

entrepreneur, sentenced to 2 years of restricted freedom

Date of birth: 27 April 1981

Date of detention: 23 April 2021

Charges indicted:

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

Date of release: 25 January 2023

Judge: Maryna Fiodarava

Prosecutor: Aliaksei Valynets

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".

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