an activist of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya's campaign, sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison
Date of birth: 19 June 1988
Date of detention: 6 September 2020
Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code - Participation in riots
Part 3 of Art. 293 of the Criminal code - Training or other preparation of persons for participation in mass riots, or financing of this activity
Sentence: 5 1/2 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Judge: Siarhei Yepikhau
Prison: Penal colony No. 4
Antanina Kanavalava, a campaign activist of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, was detained on September 6, 2020, and sentenced to a fine for participating in an unauthorized event. However, after the trial, the woman was not released, but re-detained as part of a criminal case.
Kanavalava was charged under Art. 293 of the Criminal Code, "mass riots". The charges stemmed from the activist's role in running a Telegram channel entitled “Army Together With the People”.
On May 7, 2021, Judge Siarhei Yepikhau of the Minsk Regional Court found the activist guilty of preparing to take part in mass riots and of preparing riots and sentenced her to five and a half years in a general-security penal colony.