anarchist, sentenced to 5 years
Date of birth: 10 September 1996
Date of detention: 4 August 2021
Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Art. 361-1 of the Criminal Code — Creation of an extremist formation, or participation in it
Sentence: 5 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Judge: Alena Misnik
Prosecutor: Aliaksandr Ramanovich
Prison: Penal colony No. 17
Artsiom Salavei is a political activist describing himself as an anarchist. He was detained on August 4, 2021 and beaten by police: he was tortured and threatened with rape in order to obtain access to his phone.
On August 5, he was sentenced by the Zavodski District Court to 15 days in jail for "disorderly conduct" under Art. 19.1 of the Administrative Code (he allegedly began to behave aggressively when taken to the police department). After serving the sentence, he was re-detained as a suspect in a criminal case under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (group actions that grossly violate public order), and on August 25 Artsiom was charged under this article and remanded in a pre-trial detention center.
On April 22, 2022 the Minsk Regional Court sentenced the anarchists and political prisoners. Judge Alena Misnik found them guilty under part 1 of article 342 of the Criminal Code and part 3 of article 361-1 and pronounced the following sentences: Aliaksandr Bialou, Yauhen Rubashka, and Artsiom Salavei, born in 1996, each received five years of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony, Artsiom Salavei, born in 1995, received four and a half years of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony.
On March 29, court hearings in the criminal case against anarchists and political prisoners Aliaksandr Bialou, Yauhen Rubashka, Artsiom Salavei, and Artsiom Salavei started in Minsk Regional Court. The case is being considered by Judge Alena Misnik.