Date of birth: 5 Aug 1997
Date of detention: 19 Oct 2020
Art. 342 of the Criminal Code - Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
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, 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.