Artur Zhvirydouski

sentenced to 3 years in prison

Former prisoner

Date of birth: 12 June 1988

Date of detention: 5 July 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 370 of the Criminal Code — Desecration of state symbols
Part 1 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code — Hooliganism

Sentence: 3 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Date of release: 16 May 2024

Artur Zhvirydouski is from Astraviec, Hrodna region. The Astraviec District Court sentenced him to three years of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony under Part 1 of Article 339 ('Hooliganism') and Article 370 ('Desecrating the state symbols') of the Criminal Code.

Zhvirydouski was convicted of allegedly hanging a white-red-white flag on a school building in June 2021, and also painting white-red-white stripes on a stone. In addition, he allegedly removed a red-green flag from a government building.

In mid-December 2021, it became known that Artur Zhvirydouski was transferred from Prison #1 in Hrodna to Prison #2 in Babrujsk, Mahilioŭ region.

In April and May 2023, the political prisoner spent 50 consecutive days in a punishment cell.

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