Artsiom Sarokin

anesthesiologist, sentenced to 2 years of suspended imprisonment

Date of detention: 19 November 2020

Charges indicted:

Art. 178 of the Criminal Code — Disclosure of medical confidentiality

Sentence: 2 years

Penalty: suspended imprisonment

Judge: Sviatlana Bandarenka

Artsiom Sarokin

Artsiom Sarokin is a doctor at Minsk emergency care hospital. He was arrested on November 19 following an order by the Prosecutor General’s Office. Sarokin, together with reporter Katsiaryna Barysevich, was charged under Part 3 of Art. 178 of the Criminal Code for disclosing a medical secret, which allegedly led to serious consequences in connection with the publication of medical documents concerning the death of Raman Bandarenka.

The information contained in these documents refuted the statements of officials alleging that Raman Bandarenka was drunk at the time of the beating, after which he was taken to the police statio and later died in hospital.

On March 2, Judge Sviatlana Bandarenka of the Maskoŭski District Court of Minsk sentenced Sarokin to 2 years of suspended imprisonment and a fine of 1,450 rubles. The convict was released in the courtroom.

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