programmer, sentenced to 4 years in prison
Date of birth: 23 July 1990
Date of detention: 17 August 2020
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.