Dzianis Marusevich

athlete, former serviceman, sentenced to 4 years in prison

Date of birth: 26 March 1995

Date of detention: 11 September 2020

Charges indicted:

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

Sentence: 4 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony

Judge: Andrei Hrushko

Prison: Penal colony No. 2

Godparent: Roderich Kiesewetter, member of the German Bundestag

Dzianis Marusevich

Dzianis Marusevich is a 25-year-old athlete from Brest, a master of sports in karate, hand-to-hand combat and army hand-to-hand combat, and a member of the national karate team. Until July 13, 2020, he served under a contract in the 38th Separate Guards Air Assault Brigade in Brest.

Dzianis Marusevich was arrested on September 11, 2020, as a defendant in a criminal case on the "mass riots" on August 10, 2020. He was charged with allegedly throwing pieces of asphalt at riot policemen from the crowd of protesters and kicking a police car. A few weeks after the arrest, his place was searched, but nothing was seized.

He was charged under Part 2 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code ('Participation in riots').

On May 21, 2021, the Lieninski Court of Brest convicted 13 defendants of 'mass riots' under Part 2 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code. Judge Andrei Hrushko sentenced 11 political prisoners to 3.5 to 5 years in a penal colony, and two minors to 3 years in an educational penal colony. Dzianis Marusevich was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony.

The political prisoner is serving his sentence in penal colony #2 in Babrujsk, Mahilioŭ region. During his imprisonment, in April 2023, his father died.

“Ordinary people who want to speak freely”: Brest court convicts more protesters over August “riots”

Judge Andrei Hrushko of the Lieninski District Court of Brest sentenced thirteen people, including eleven political prisoners and two minors, to various terms in prison over their involvement in the post-election protests of August 2020. The authorities said the mostly peaceful demonstrations were “riots” and qualified them under Part 2 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code.


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

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