Dzianis Dzikun

sentenced to 23 years of imprisonment

Date of birth: 9 September 1992

Date of detention: 4 March 2022

Charges indicted:

Art. 361-1 of the Criminal Code — Creation of an extremist formation, or participation in it
Art. 356 of the Criminal Code — High treason
Art. 309 of the Criminal Code — Intentional disrepair of a vehicle or communication lines
Art. 289 of the Criminal Code — An act of terrorism

Sentence: 25 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony

Prison sentence start date: 26 April 2023

Judge: Anatol Sotnikau

Prison: Prison No. 4

Godparent: Karina Lorentzen Dehnhardt, Member of Dutch Parliament

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

Dzianis Dzikun is from Svietlahorsk. He owns a small shop and is fond of football.

He was detained on March 4 in Svietlahorsk for setting fire to a relay cabinet at the Žerdź-Astankavičy station on February 28, which made the traffic lights and railroad switches on this section inoperable. The Astankavičy-Žerdź section is on the Žlobin-Kalinkavičy line, which then continues to Ovruch (Zhytomyr Region, Ukraine).

He was charged under several articles of the Criminal Code of Belarus:

  • Art. 361-1 ('Participation in an extremist formation')
  • Art. 289 ('An act of terrorism committed as part of an organized group, entailing grave consequences, creating a threat of death and causing bodily harm to people');
  • parts 2 and 4 of Art. 309 ('Deliberate bringing into disrepair of communication lines, entailing grave consequences and a threat of collapse, accident and death of people');
  • Art. 356 ('Treason against the state').

On June 17, 2022, the KGB included Dzikun in the 'List of persons involved in terrorist activities'.

It is known that in August 2022, Dzikun was placed in a punishment cell in remand prison #3 in Homieĺ.

The trial of the 'Svietlahorsk partisans' case began on September 27, 2022, in the Homieĺ Regional Court. The trial was conducted behind closed doors by Judge Anatol Sotnikau.

On December 27, 2022, the verdict was announced: Dzianis Dzikun was sentenced to 23 years of imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony.

On March 31, 2023, the Supreme Court considered the appeal and upheld the verdict.

On April 26, 2023, the political prisoner was transferred from remand prison #3 in Homieĺ to penal colony #9 in Horki, Mahilioŭ region.

Mail address: Prison No. 4. 212011, Mahilioŭ, vulica Krupskaj 99A

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