Arseni Siniak

sentenced to 2 years of restricted freedom

Date of birth: 6 September 2001

Date of detention: 9 February 2021

Charges indicted:

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

Sentence: 2 years

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

Judge: Siarhei Maruchak

Prosecutor: Aliaksei Yaroshyk, Aliaksandr Plysheuski

Arseni Siniak is a protester detained as part of the Brest "dancing case" opened after on September 13, 2020 protesters danced on a street in central Brest and were dispersed by a water cannon.

Arseni was detained in August 2020 and then again in September. Until February 9, 2021, he was under a written undertaking not to leave the country. On February 9, he was placed in pre-trial detention center No. 7 and charged under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (active participation in group actions that grossly violate public order).

On June 8, 2021, Judge Siarhei Maruchak of the Brest District Court sentenced Siniak to 2 years of “khimiya” (imprisonment in an open penal colony). The convict was released in the courtroom to await an appeal hearing.

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