Andrei Padniabenny

sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment

Date of birth: 13 December 1988

Date of detention: 5 November 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 218 of the Criminal Code — Intentional destruction or damage to property committed in a generally dangerous manner or causing damage on a large scale
Art. 369 of the Criminal Code — Insulting a government official
Art. 368 of the Criminal Code — Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus
Art. 361-1 of the Criminal Code — Creation of an extremist formation, or participation in it
Art. 130 of the Criminal Code — Incitement to hatred
Art. 289 of the Criminal Code — An act of terrorism
Art. 361-4 of the Criminal Code — Promoting extremist activities

Sentence: 16 years and 8 month

Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony

Judge: Anatol Sotnikau, Ruslan Tsaruk

Prison: Penal colony No. 15

Godparent: Annette Widmann-Mauz, Member of the German Bundestag

On the list of “terrorists” (money transfers are prohibited)
Andrei Padniabenny. Photo from social networks

Andrei Padniabenny is a Russian citizen but has been living in Belarus since he was six years old and has a residence permit. Andrei was indicted behind closed doors under a number of serious articles of the Criminal Code of Belarus: Part 1 of Article 14 and Part 3 of Article 218 (attempt to deliberate destruction or damage to property of others); Part 1 of Article 361-1 (creation of an extremist group), Part 1 and Part 2 of Article 289 (an act of terrorism) for setting fire to the car of the head of the Department of Corrections, puncturing the tires of 39 trolleybuses, creating and administering a Telegram channel and a Telegram chat, which are recognized as extremist formations, as well as setting fire to a crane at a construction site in 2019. Judge Anatol Sotnikau sentenced Andrei, who has been in custody for seven months, to 15 years in a medium-security penal colony.

Andrei Padniabenny sentenced to 15 years in jail under ‘terrorist’ article

On June 30, the Homieĺ Regional Court pronounced the verdict in the criminal case against 33-year-old local resident Andrei Padniabenny.


Mail address: Penal colony No. 15. 213105, Mahilioŭ, Viejna, Slaŭharadskaja šaša 183

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