member of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskаya's nomination group
Date of birth: 25 August 1994
Date of detention: 31 May 2020
Part 1 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code — Organization of riots
Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Art. 191 of the Criminal Code — Obstruction of the exercise of electoral rights
Art. 130 of the Criminal Code — Incitement to hatred
Sentence: 16 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony
Judge: Mikalai Dola
Prosecutor: Dzianis Mikushau
Prison: Penal colony No. 17
Godparent: Gyde Jensen,, member of the German Bundestag
Artsiom Sakau is a member of the nomination group of presidential nominee Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. Following his involvement in the election picket on May 29 in Hrodna, he was detained on May 31 and charged under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order).
Sakau faced final charges under four articles of the Criminal Code:
- Part 1 of Art. 293 (organization of mass riots);
- Part 3 of Art. 130 (incitement to social hatred);
- Part 2 of Art. 191 (obstruction of the Central Election Commission activities);
- Part 1 of Art. 342 (organization of actions that grossly violate public order).
On December 14, 2021, Artsiom Sakau was sentenced to 16 years in a maximum security prison.