Dzmitry Papou

activist of A Country For Living group

Date of birth: 7 January 1992

Date of detention: 4 June 2020

Charges indicted:

Part 1 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code — Organization of riots
Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Art. 191 of the Criminal Code — Obstruction of the exercise of electoral rights
Art. 130 of the Criminal Code — Incitement to hatred

Sentence: 16 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a high security prison

Prison sentence start date: 20 June 2022

Judge: Mikalai Dolia

Prosecutor: Dzianis Mikushau

Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 8

Godparent: Céline Vara, member of the Swiss Council of States

Dzmitry Papou is the moderator of several social media accounts linked to Siarhei Tsikhanouski's YouTube channel "A Country For Living". He was probably arrested on June 4. Prior to that, he posted a video saying that the police wanted to arrest him in a criminal case. A few days later, it became known that he had been sentenced to 15 days in jail and taken to the Minsk detention center.

From there he was transferred to pre-trial detention center No. 1, where he is still being held.

On July 10, Dzmitry Papou was charged under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal code of the Republic of Belarus (preparation for or active participation in group actions which grossly breach public order).

Dzmitry Papou faced final charges under four articles of the Criminal Code:

  • Part 1 of Art. 293 (organization of mass riots);
  • Part 3 of Art. 130 (incitement to social hatred);
  • Part 2 of Art. 191 (obstruction of the Central Election Commission activities);
  • Part 1 of Art. 342 (organization of actions that grossly violate public order).

On December 14, 2021, Dzmitry Papou was sentenced to 16 years in a maximum security prison.

Mail address: Pre-trial detention center No. 8. 222163, Žodzina, vulica Savieckaja 22A

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