Dzianis Hrakhanau

bartender, sentenced to 1 1/2 years of restricted freedom

Date of birth: 30 May 1978

Date of detention: 22 October 2020

Charges indicted:

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

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.

Mail address: Open correctional facility No. 45. 225073, Brest region, Kamenetsky district, Sushki

Addresses of prisons:

What should I know and how to help?

✉️ Write a letter. Make a scan of your letter or postcard and share it online

🤝 Please use the Russian (or Belarusian) name of the prison

💡 Foreign-language messages may be blocked, so attach a translation (e.g. translate.google.com)

💡 More tips here