Barys Vitko


Date of birth: 9 July 1954

Date of detention: 25 May 2023

Charges indicted:

Art. 361 of the Criminal Code — Calls for actions aimed at causing harm to the national security of the Republic of Belarus
Art. 369 of the Criminal Code — Insulting a government official
Art. 368 of the Criminal Code — Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus
Art. 130 of the Criminal Code — Incitement to hatred
Art. 391 of the Criminal Code — Insulting a judge
art. 188 of the Criminal Code — Defamation
Art. 367 of the Criminal Code — Slander against the President of the Republic of Belarus

Sentence: 7 years and 3 months

Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony

Judge: Tatsiana Zharko, Vera Filonik

Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 7

Notes: Health issues, Пенсійны ўзрост

On the list of “terrorists” (money transfers are prohibited)

On January 20, 2022, Lyakhavichy District Court found Barys Vitko guilty of committing a crime under Article 391 - "Insulting a judge or a people's assessor". He was sentenced to two years of home confinement.

At the end of May 2023, Barys was detained again on charges of insulting Lukashenka (Article 368 of the Criminal Code).

Judge Vera Filonik began considering the new case on January 4.

At the first trial, Barys was accused of writing an offensive comment about judge Mikalai Kmita on the Liakhavičy 97 Telegram channel.

Barys has heart problems and has to take medication constantly.

      On November 28, 2023, he was put on the terrorist list by the KGB.


Mail address: Pre-trial detention center No. 7. 224030, Brest, vulica Savieckich pamiežnikaŭ 37

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