Andrei Piatrouski

schoolteacher, sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison

Date of birth: 5 October 1974

Date of detention: 25 August 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 367 of the Criminal Code — Slander against the President of the Republic of Belarus

Sentence: 1 1/2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Liudmila Mikhnevich

Prosecutor: Andrei Klyshevich

Prison: Penal colony No. 2

Andrei Piatrouski is a former teacher of history and social studies in a high school in Smarhoń. He was convicted in a criminal case under Part 1 of Art. 367 of the Criminal Code (slandering the president).

In March of this year, Piatrouski played a video entitled "Constitution Gone Into Prostitution" to eleventh-graders at a social studies lesson. The video bore a logo of a Telegram channel labelled as 'extremist' by the Belarusian authorities. Among the students, there was the son of a local government official, who filmed it on his mobile phone and posted it in a 'family chat'. After that, the teacher was fired and faced criminal charges. According to the indictment, the video contained "knowingly false information that disgraces the president."

As a result, judge Liudmila Mikhnevich of the Smarhoń District Court sentenced the former teacher to one and a half years in a penal colony.

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

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