Tsimur Ryzapur

taxi driver, sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison


Date of birth: 14 March 1983

Date of detention: 30 September 2020

Charges indicted:

Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code — Participation in riots

Sentence: 4 1/2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony

Judge: Vera Filonik

Prison: Penal colony No. 1

Godparent: Mathias Stein, member of the German Bundestag

Tsimur Ryzapur with his daughter

Tsimur Ryzapur was arrested on September 30, 2020, and accused of participating in the riots in Brest on the evening of August 10, 2020, under Part 2 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code.

The 37-year-old taxi driver was returning home from work on the evening of August 10 but was shot with rubber bullets five times. The investigator explained his choice of pre-trial detention by the fact that Tsimur Ryzapur does not have Belarusian citizenship, even though he has a residence permit and has been living in Belarus for about 23 years.

On March 10,  Ryzapur to 4.5 years in a medium-security penal colony.

On March 10, 2021, in the Maskoŭski District Court of Brest, Judge Vera Filonik convicted Tsimur Ryzapur and eight other defendants in that criminal case. Tsimur Ryzapur was sentenced to four years and six months of imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony.

He was sent to penal colony #1 in Navapolack, Viciebsk region.

In June 2023, human rights defenders learned that Tsimur Ryzapur had spent over 100 days in a punishment cell and was then placed in a tighter security cell.

9 people convicted in Brest ‘rioting’ trial

On March 10, the Maskoŭski District Court of Brest has sentenced nine people to various terms of imprisonment ranging between 3 and 4 1/2 years on charges of involvement in “mass riots” (Part 2 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code) on August 10, 2020. The convicts include seven political prisoners.


Mail address: Penal colony No. 1. 211440, Navapolack, vulica Techničnaya 8

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