Dzmitryi Klimau

sentenced to 22 years of imprisonment

Date of birth: 21 September 1993

Date of detention: 30 March 2022

Charges indicted:

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
Art. 290-4 of the Criminal Code — Establishing or participating in an organization for the purpose of terrorist activity
Art. 406 of the Criminal Code – Misprision

Sentence: 22 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony

Prison sentence start date: 26 April 2023

Judge: Ihar Shvedau

Prison: Penal colony No. 3

Godparent: Liam McArthur, Member of the Scottish Parliament

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

Dzmitryi Klimau is from Babrujsk. He was arrested on March 30, 2022, together with Yauhen Minkevich and Uladzimir Auramtsau. They are suspected of destroying two railway cabinets near Asipovičy.

While being arrested, the three men actively resisted and tried to escape. The law enforcers used lethal weapons against them. One of the detainees was wounded and placed in a medical facility, while the others were treated at the scene. The Community of Railwaymen of Belarus Telegram channel wrote that after the arrest, the law enforcers purposefully shot in the knee joints of the men who were not even resisting.

It is known that previously Dzmitryi Klimau worked as a driver in several organizations and as a taxi driver. In the spring of 2021, the 7204 taxi service was launched in Babrujsk, and he was offered the position of regional manager.

In early May 2022, he was transferred from remand prison #5 in Babrujsk to prison #4 in Mahilioŭ.

The "railway partisans" are charged with five articles of the Criminal Code: Part 3 of Art. 289 ('Act of terrorism committed by an organized group'); Part 2 of Art. 290-4 ('Participation in an organization to commit terrorist acts'); Part 1 of Art. 356 ('Treason against the state'); Part 4 of Art. 309 ('Deliberately incapacitating a vehicle or communication lines'); and Part 2 of Art. 406 ('Failure to report a crime').

On January 23, 2023, in the Mahilioŭ Regional Court, Judge Ihar Shvedau began hearing the case of the Babrujsk "railway partisans" in a closed session.

On February 10, 2023, Dzmitryi Klimau and Uladzimir Auramtsau were sentenced to 22 years of imprisonment in a penal colony. Yauhen Minkevich was sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment in a penal colony (he was partially released from the punishment for one year under the Law on Amnesty in Connection with National Unity Day).

The appeals filed by the political prisoners were to be considered on April 26, 2023, in the Supreme Court. Judge Fiodar Chubkavets made the decision.

On May 12, 2023, the KGB added Dzmitryi Klimau to their 'List of persons involved in terrorist activities'.

On May 12, 2023, the Ministry of Internal Affairs included the political prisoner in their 'List of Belarusian citizens, foreign citizens, and stateless persons involved in extremist activities'.

In late May 2023, it became known that the political prisoner was transferred to penal colony #3 in Vićba (Viciebsk region).

Two “railway guerillas” receive 22 years of jail, and another released under an amnesty

On February 10, the Mahilioŭ Regional Court passed a verdict to three “rail guerillas” from Babrujsk: Dzmitryi Klimau, Uladzimir Auramtsau, and Yauhen Minkevich. The first two were sentenced to 22 years in a penal colony each, and the latter was sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment. It is noted that Minkevich was partially released from punishment for a period of one year under the law “On Amnesty in connection with the National Unity Day”. Taking into account the time in custody the punishment is considered to have been served. Judge Ihar Shvedau considered the case behind closed doors for two weeks.

Rail War: what we know about “Rail guerillas”

Since the onset of the invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops, including from Belarusian territory, the “Rail War” has been unfolded in Belarus. To slow down and prevent the movement of Russian military equipment into Ukraine, Belarusians are disrupting the railway network. Despite the state considering such actions as acts of terrorism, sabotage on the railroad does not stop: over a month more than a dozen of such acts have been recorded.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 3. 211322, Viciebsk region, Vićba

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