Andrei Utkin

IT professional, sentenced to 2 years of imprisonment

Date of birth: 12 December 1991

Date of detention: 31 March 2022

Charges indicted:

Art. 361-4 of the Criminal Code — Promoting extremist activities

Sentence: 2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Date of release: 27 December 2023

Judge: Ruslan Tsaruk

Andrei Utkin is an IT specialist from Homieĺ. He was detained for taking a picture of a convoy of Russian military equipment and sending it to the Bielaruski hajun Telegram channel.

Andrei is incriminated under Article 361-1 of the Criminal Code (Participation in an extremist formation) and Article 361-4 of the Criminal Code (Promoting extremist activities).

Eventually, the political prisoner was charged only with ‘promoting extremist activities’. On August 1, 2022, the court found him guilty and sentenced him to 24 months of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony.

Taking pics of Russian troops considered extremism

Seven criminal cases have been opened in the Homieĺ region bordering Ukraine for passing on the information about Russian military vehicles movement to “extremist” Telegram channels, the Investigative Committee reports. Cases are brought under Article 361-4 of the Criminal Code (Promoting extremist activities); detainees face up to six years in prison. Viasna tells what is known about them.


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