Date of birth: 5 August 1997
Date of detention: 19 October 2020
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: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Prison sentence start date: 20 April 2021
Date of release: 3 March 2023
Judge: Tatsiana Shotsik
Prosecutor: Sviataslau Vialiki
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.
At the beginning of February 2022, it became known that Artsiom had escaped from the open penitentiary. It is reported that Miadzvedski managed to escape from the hospital in Kamianiec, where he was admitted with a mild concussion after he slipped and fell in the penitentiary facility. His present location is unknown.
In mid-April information appeared that Artsiom had been caught and imprisoned again. On April 21, 2022, the judge of the Kamianiec district court Aksana Shkel ruled to transfer Miadzvedski to a penal colony for 9 months.