anarchist, sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment
Date of birth: 10 November 1995
Date of detention: 2 March 2021
Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Art. 341 of the Criminal Code — Desecration of structures and damage to property
Part 2 of Art. 285 of the Criminal Code — Participation in a criminal organization in any other form
Sentence: 5 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony
Prison sentence start date: 11 March 2023
Judge: Siarhei Khrypach
Prosecutor: Raman Biziuk
Prison: Penal colony No. 17
Andrei Marach is a political activist based in Brest. He was detained on March 2, 2021, as part of a criminal case targeting activists of the anarchist movement from the Brest region.
The man was charged under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (organization or active participation in group actions that grossly violate public order) and Part 2 of Art. 285 of the Criminal Code (creation of a criminal organization or participation in it). It is known that the charges under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code stem from two counts of road blocking in Brest in 2018.
On January 11, 2022, the case file consisting of 160 volumes was transferred to the prosecutor's office.
On April 25, 2022, the trial commenced in Minsk Municipal Court. Prosecutor Andrei Buhuk requested a hearing in a closed session, because “there are materials of extremist nature in the materials of the criminal case”. The judge granted his petition and decided to close the hearing. All attendees were ordered out of the courtroom.
Four and a half months later, on September 6, 2022, Marach was sentenced—he received five years in a medium-security penal colony and a fine of 16,000 Belarusian rubles (more than $6,300).
The trial of Marfa Rabkova, Andrei Chapiuk and eight other political prisoners to be held behind closed doors
The trial of ten political prisoners began today in Minsk City Court: coordinator of the "Viasna" Volunteer Service Marfa Rabkova, volunteer Andrei Chapiuk, political prisoners activists of the anarchist movement Akikhiro Hayeuski-Hanada, Aliaksandr Frantskevich, Aliaksei Halauko, Aliaksandr Kazlianka, Pavel Shpetny, Mikita Dranets, Andrei Marach, and Danila Chul. Ten articles of the Criminal Code are featured in this case, while the investigation files constitute 160 volumes. Judge Siarhei Khrypach was appointed to hear this high-profile case.
The Minsk Municipal Court announced the sentence of ten political prisoners at once: coordinator of Viasna’s volunteer network Marfa Rabkova, volunteer Andrei Chapiuk, activists of the anarchist movement Akikhiro Hayeuski-Hanada, Aliaksandr Frantskevich, Aliaksei Halauko, Aliaksandr Kazlianka, Pavel Shpetny, Mikita Dranets, Andrei Marach, and Danila Chul.