Andrei Karalenia

sentenced to 2 years in prison

Date of birth: 27 August 1993

Date of detention: 9 October 2020

Charges indicted:

Art. 363 of the Criminal Code — Resistance to a police officer or other person guarding public order

Sentence: 2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Prison: Penal colony No. 2

Andrei Karalenia graduated from the military department of BSUIR, served in the army. After that, he was engaged in information security systems, worked in a bank, then in a private company. He was sentenced to 2 years in prison for resisting the police during detention.

On August 7, 2020, Andrei was riding a bicycle, just behind a column of cyclists participating in a cycling protest. According to the investigation, he violated traffic rules, since his bike did not have a rear-view mirror and a sound signal. A traffic policeman demanded that the cyclist stopped, but he did not react and tried to escape. After the police officer caught up with Andrei, he resisted, again trying to escape and fighting back.

Karalenia has been in custody since October 9. On October 16, 2020, the court of the Centraĺny district of Minsk found Andrei guilty of resisting the police officer involving the use of violence (Part 2 of Article 363 of the Criminal Code). He was sentenced to two years in a general-security penal colony.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 2. 213800, Babrujsk, vulica Sikorskaha 1

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