Bahdan Karavets

Businessman, founder of IT company, sentenced to 2 years of imprisonment


Date of birth: 7 May 1976

Date of detention: 24 October 2022

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: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Prison sentence start date: 19 May 2023

Judge: Katsiaryna Murashka

Prison: Penal colony No. 17

Bahdan Karavets is a businessman who founded the Astronim web design company. He is raising a child with a disability.

Karavets was arrested on October 24, 2022, as a defendant in a criminal case for 'active participation in group actions grossly disrupting public order' (Article 342 of the Criminal Code). He was placed in remanded prison #1 in Minsk.

The trial of Bahdan Karavets and Aksana Zaretskaya—a political prisoner, an etiquette expert—began on March 10, 2023, in the Maskoŭski District Court of Minsk.

On March 14, 2023, Judge Katsiaryna Murashka found the political prisoners guilty and sentenced Bahdan Karavets to 24 months of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony. Aksana Zaretskaya was sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment.

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On March 14, Maskoŭski District court of Minsk convicted political prisoners Aksana Zaretskaya and Bahdan Karavets of active participation in actions that grossly violate public order under part 1 of Article 342 of the Criminal Code. Judge Katsiaryna Murashka sentenced Zaretskaya to 18 months and Karavets to 24 months of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony.


Mail address: Penal colony No. 17. 213004, Škloŭ, vulica 1-ja Zavodskaja 8

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