Artsiom Sauchuk

programmer, sentenced to 4 years in prison

Date of birth: 23 July 1990

Date of detention: 17 August 2020

Charges indicted:

Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code — Participation in riots

Sentence: 4 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony

Judge: Yuliya Blizniuk

Prosecutor: Alina Kasiyanchyk

Prison: Penal colony No. 17

Artsiom Sauchuk is a programmer living in Poland.

He was charged under Part 1 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code, "organization of riots."

Sauchuk was accused of “grossly violating public order” on August 10, 2020, blocking traffic, joining clashes with police officers, and throwing firecrackers and metal bolts. In particular, he helped push several shopping carts to allegedly block traffic. He said that he did help push the carts, but stressed that he did not consider it a crime.

The political prisoner’s defense lawyer, Siarhei Lebedzeu, stressed that his client’s testimony was confirmed by CCTV footage.

On February 9, 2021, Judge Yuliya Blizniuk of the Frunzienski District Court of Minsk  sentenced Artsiom Sauchuk to 4 years in a medium-security penal colony.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 17. 213004, Škloŭ, vulica 1-ja Zavodskaja 8

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