Artsiom Miadzvedski

sushi chef, sentenced to 3 years of restricted freedom

Date of birth: 5 August 1997

Date of detention: 19 October 2020

Charges indicted:

Art. 342 of the Criminal Code - Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them

Sentence: 3 years

Penalty: restricted freedom in an open penal facility ("khimiya")

Prison sentence start date: 20 April 2021

Judge: Tatsiana Shotsik

Prosecutor: Sviataslau Vialiki

Prison: Open correctional facility No. 45

Artsiom Miadzvedski is a protester arrested on October 19 after he was identified in a video from the protests near the Riga shopping center in Minsk. Artsiom faced charges under Article 293 of the Criminal Code ("mass riots"). Then the charge was reclassified as “group actions which gravely breach public order” (Article 342 of the Criminal Code). The charge stems from an August 10 protest near the Puškinskaja metro station in Minsk. In particular, Artsiom allegedly rolled a stone onto the road, which obstructed traffic.

On January 15, 2021, Judge Tatsiana Shotsik of the Lieninski District Court of Minsk sentenced Artsiom Miadzvedski to three years of “restricted freedom” in an open-type penal facility, so called “khimiya”. The convict was released in the courtroom to await appeal hearing.

On April 20, Artsiom Miadzvedski was re-arrested and sent to serve his sentence in open correctional facility No. 45 in the village of Suški, Brest region.

Mail address: Open correctional facility No. 45. 225073, Brest region, Kamenetsky district, Sushki

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