Artsiom Vinakurau

student of BSUIR, sentenced to 3 years of restricted freedom

Date of detention: 28 October 2020

Charges indicted:

Art. 342 of the Criminal Code - Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them

Sentence: 3 years

Penalty: restricted freedom in an open penal facility ("khimiya")

Judge: Maryna Fiodarava

Artsiom Vinakurau is a 21-year-old third-year student of BSUIR. According to the Interior Ministry, on October 26, he and other students entered a classroom and began calling for a strike. After the dean of the Faculty of Information Technology and Management Leanid Shylin made a remark to the students and asked them to leave the auditorium, "insults and threats rained down on him."

Artsiom was detained on October 28, and a criminal case was instituted against him for organizing and preparing actions that grossly violate public order (Article 342 of the Criminal Code).

On January 29, the Saviecki District Court of Minsk sentenced Vinakurau to three years of restricted freedom in an open penitentiary (so-called "khimiya"). The convict was released in the courtroom pending appeal hearing.

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