Artsiom Zadrutski

sentenced to 3 years of imprisonment

Date of birth: 18 December 1985

Date of detention: 29 September 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Art. 369 of the Criminal Code — Insulting a government official
Art. 130 of the Criminal Code — Incitement to hatred

Sentence: 3 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Prison sentence start date: 28 March 2023

Judge: Vera Halaukova

Prison: Penal colony No. 1

Artsiom Zadrutski was detained in Brest for publishing comments on the Internet concerning the deaths of the IT worker Andrei Zeltser and the KGB agent Dzmitry Fedasiuk. It is known that Zadrutski was undergoing criminal proceedings under Article 369 ('Contempt of a public official'), Article 130 ('Inciting social enmity'), and Article 342 ('Organization and preparation or active participation in actions grossly disrupting public order) of the Criminal Code.

Before his arrest, Zadrutski worked as a sound engineer. In prison, he developed an ear infection. Due to the untimely treatment, he lost hearing in one ear.

Artsiom Zadrutski writes poems and draws.

In late December 2022, the political prisoner was transferred from remand prison #8 in Žodzina (Minsk region) to remand prison # 1 in Minsk.

As reported by human rights defenders, his case was tried. Judge Vera Halaukova found Artsiom Zadrutski guilty and sentenced him to three years of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony. Besides, he is to pay 100 fine units (approx. $ 1,280) of compensation for moral damage.

In late March 2023, the political prisoner was transferred to penal colony #1 in Navapolack.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 1. 211440, Navapolack, vulica Techničnaya 8

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