Dzmitryi Dziameshka

sentenced to 3 years of restricted freedom


Date of birth: 3 August 1985

Date of detention: 29 September 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 369 of the Criminal Code — Insulting a government official
Art. 368 of the Criminal Code — Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus
Art. 130 of the Criminal Code — Incitement to hatred

Sentence: 3 years

Penalty: restricted freedom in an open penal facility ("khimiya")

Dzmitry Dziameshka was detained in Navalukomĺ (Viciebsk region) for publishing comments on the Internet in connection with the deaths of the IT worker Andrei Zeltser and the KGB agent Dzmitry Fedasiuk. 

He was accused of ‘contempt of the President’, ‘contempt of a government official’, and ‘inciting hatred’ under Articles 368, 369, and 130 of the Criminal Code.

In early January 2022, information appeared about the transfer of Dzmitry Dziameshka from remand prison #2 in Viciebsk to remand prison #1 in Minsk.

In early September 2022, the political prisoner was sentenced to three years of restricted freedom in an open-type penal facility. Besides, the political prisoner must pay 100 base fines and 4,000 Belarusian rubles of compensation for non-pecuniary damage. During the trial, it became known that a month before the hearing of his case, Dziameshka's preventive measure was changed from detention to home confinement. The political prisoner was released in the courtroom awaiting the commencement of the sentence.

It is known that Dzmitry Dziameshka began serving his sentence in open-type penal facility #17 in the Homieĺ region. Soon a new trial was held to transfer him to a penal colony. The verdict is to be clarified.

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