schoolteacher, sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison
Date of birth: 5 October 1974
Date of detention: 25 August 2021
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.