Tsikhan Shliukhtsits

electrical technician, sentenced to 2 1/2 years in penal colony


Date of birth: 19 February 1994

Date of detention: 13 September 2021

Charges indicted:

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

Sentence: 15 months

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Prison sentence start date: 1 March 2022

Judge: Marharyta Lantsevich

Prosecutor: Ihar Yakimovich

Prison: Penal colony No. 2

Tsikhan Shliukhtsits is an electrical technician from Hrodna. He was detained on September 13, 2021, as a defendant in a criminal case under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code ('Organization or active participation in group actions grossly disrupting public order').

According to the indictment, on September 6, 2020, Tsikhan Shliukhtsits posted seven comments in the local Telegram chat room, "expressing intolerance to the existing political regime and constitutional system, with the aim of organizing group actions in Hrodna grossly breaching public order, combined with obvious disobedience to the legal requirements of the authorities, and aimed at disrupting the operation of the transport".

The court sentenced him to 1 year and 3 months of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony.

In early March 2022, Tsikhan Shliukhtsits was transferred from prison #1 in Hrodna to penal colony #2 in Babrujsk (Mahilioŭ region).

According to human rights defenders, the final punishment for the political prisoner is two years and six months of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony. The reasons for the extension of the sentence are unknown.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 2. 213800, Babrujsk, vulica Sikorskaha 1

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