Andrei Skurko

head of advertising and marketing department at Nasha Niva, sentenced to 2 1/2 years

Date of birth: 12 March 1978

Date of detention: 8 July 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 216 of the Criminal Code - Infliction of property damage without signs of theft

Sentence: 2 1/2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Date of release: 18 August 2023

Judge: Anzhela Kastsiukevich

Prosecutor: Mikalai Dziatsel

Godparent: Felix Banaszak, member of the German Bundestag

Andrei Skurko is the head of the advertising and marketing department of Nasha Niva and the author of Nasha Historyia magazine. He was the editor-in-chief of the publication from 2006 to 2017.

Andrei was detained on July 8, 2021, and placed in a temporary detention facility. He is a suspect in a case of group actions grossly disrupting public order (Article 342 of the Criminal Code). After 72 hours of detention, he was not released. On July 18, 2021, he was taken into custody.

On July 28, 2021, Andrei Skurko was charged under part 2 of article 216 of the Criminal Code (Infliction of property damage without signs of theft). The claim is that the utility services of the premises were paid at the rates for individuals instead of those for legal entities. The investigators calculated that over four years the Minenergo enterprise had lost more than 10,000 rubles, which the defendant reimbursed in full. The enterprise itself has never filed a complaint.

The prosecutor's office has sent the case of Yahor Martsinovich and Andrei Skurko to court.

On March 15, 2022, Judge Anzhela Kastsiukevich found Yahor Martsinovich and Andrei Skurko guilty under part 2 of article 216 of the Criminal Code and sentenced them each to 2.5 years of imprisonment in a general regime penal colony, thus satisfying the request of prosecutor Mikalai Dziatsel.

Access to media websites blocked, searches and detentions of journalists ongoing throughout Belarus

The website of Nasha Niva newspaper was blocked on July 8. Searches were conducted in the apartment of its editor-in-chief Yahor Martsinovich and in the office of the newspaper, the accounting office and the home of the editor Andrei Skurko.


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