Tsikhan Kliukach

sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison

Date of birth: 25 July 2002

Date of detention: 30 November 2020

Charges indicted:

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

Sentence: 1 1/2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Date of release: 9 March 2022

Judge: Volha Niaborskaya

Prosecutor: Ulyana Rudnitskaya

Tsikhan Kliukach was detained on September 26 and then sentenced to a total of 45 days in jail for participating in unauthorized mass events. After this, he was transferred to Minsk, and from there to the Žodzina pre-trial detention center on December 3.

Tsikhan is charged under Part 1 of Art. 342 (organization or participation in group actions that gravely breach public order) and Part 2 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism committed by a group of persons).  The charges stem from his involvement in the March of Unity on September 6, when he, together with Safiya Malashevich, spray-painted several drawings and slogans on the metal shields installed on riot-control vehicles.

On January 22, 2021, Judge Volha Niaborskaya of the Kastryčnicki District Court of Minsk sentenced Kliukach to 1 ½ years in a general security penal colony. During the trial, the prosecution dropped the vandalism charges against him.

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