bartender, sentenced to 1 1/2 years of restricted freedom
Date of birth: 30 May 1978
Date of detention: 22 October 2020
Part 2 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code - Hooliganism committed by a group of persons
Sentence: 1 1/2 years
Penalty: restricted freedom in an open penal facility ("khimiya")
Judge: Yuliya Krepskaya
Prosecutor: Alina Kasiyanchyk
Prison: Open correctional facility No. 45
Dzianis Hrakhanau was detained on September 10 at home in Minsk for painting the phrase "We Will Not Forget" on a sidewalk near the Pushkinskaya metro station. He was detained until September 13 and was initially charged under Art. 341 of the Criminal Code, "desecration of structures and damage to property." He was later released on own recognizance.
However, on October 22, Dzianis was re-arrested and taken into custody in a detention center, and the charges against him were reclassified to Part 2 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code, "hooliganism committed by a group of persons", and Part 2 of Art. 218 of the Criminal Code, "deliberate destruction or damage to property committed in a generally dangerous manner or causing large-scale damage."
On December 8, 2020, the Frunzienski District Court of Minsk sentenced Dzianis Hrakhanau to 1 1/2 years' imprisonment in an open-type penal colony (so called "khimiya"). The convict was released in the courtroom pending an appeal hearing.
On April 15, 2021, Dzianis Hrakhanau was sent to serve his sentence in open correctional institution No. 45 in the village of Suški, Kamianiec district, Brest region.