sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison
Date of birth: 6 March 1996
Date of detention: 7 May 2021
Part 1 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code - Hooliganism
Art. 130 of the Criminal Code - Incitement to hatred
Sentence: 3 1/2 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Judge: Halina Sviatko
Prosecutor: Zhanna Dudarava
Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 3
Artur Rybin was sentenced by the Homieĺ Regional Court to three and a half years of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony under Part 1 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism) and under Art. 130 of the Criminal Code (incitement to hatred) for making an installation with a portrait of Lukashenka, and for an insulting comment on the Telegram messaging application.
According to the prosecution, in November 2020, made an installation with a portrait of Aliaksandr Lukashenka and a sign reading "Burn in Hell". He then left it on the city's outskirts, photographed it and posted the photo in a Telegram chat. The prosecution argued that these actions were a manifestation of "particular cynicism" and a "desire to destabilize the situation in society and disorganize the work of law enforcement agencies."
In addition, Rybin posted a comment in another Telegram chat reading “In the spring, we have to go out and not leave the streets. When you are beaten, you can hit back. " The investigation saw it as incitement of social enmity and discord.