Andrei Novikau

volunteer of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya's nomination group, sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison

Date of birth: 18 September 1970

Date of detention: 13 April 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Art. 371 of the Criminal Code — Illegal crossing of the state border of the Republic of Belarus

Sentence: 2 1/2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Sniazhana Kindzeyeva

Prison: Penal colony No. 2

Godparent: Tomasz Frankowski, member of the European Parliament

Andrei Novikau. Photo: Radio Racyja

Andrei Novikau is a citizen of the Russian Federation, a volunteer of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya's nomination group.

He was detained on June 6, 2020, in the village of Prusy, Pastavy district, Viciebsk region, for participating in the May 29 picket in Hrodna. He was first charged under Art. 23.34 of the Administrative Code (illegal protesting), and then it became known that he was taken to the Minsk detention center, and then to pre-trial prison No. 1. On June 12, Novikau faced charges under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order).

On November 26, Novikau was released from pre-trial detention and deported to Russia.

Andrei Novikau was again detained on April 13, 2021, in Pastavy, where he had secretly came to visit his wife and children. Novikau was charged with Art. 371 of the Criminal Code ("Illegal crossing of the state border of the Republic of Belarus"). The charge under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code was not dropped either. The political prisoner was remanded in pre-trial prison No. 2 in Viciebsk and later transferred to pre-trial detention No. 1 in Minsk.

On August 5, 2021, the Kastryčnicki District Court of Viciebsk sentenced Andrei Novikau to two and a half years in a general-security penal colony.

The punishment is partial addition of two sentences: two years of imprisonment under Part 1 of Art. 342 (organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them) and one year in prison under Part 2 of Art. 371 (illegal crossing of the state border of the Republic of Belarus) of the Criminal Code.

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

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