Hanna Pyshnik (Chympayesh)
sentenced to 3 years of imprisonment
Date of birth: 2 April 1994
Date of detention: 22 March 2022
Art. 361-4 of the Criminal Code — Promoting extremist activities
Sentence: 3 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 3
Hanna Pyshnik (maiden name Chympayesh) was detained on March 22, 2022 in Mazyr. According to the prosecution, she “shot a video of helicopters moving for a biased destructive resource”.
The woman was held in the Homieĺ pre-trial detention center pending trial. She is charged under Article 361-4 of the Criminal Code (Promoting extremist activities).
On August 16, 2022 the Homieĺ Regional Court convicted the political prisoner Hanna Pyshnik (Chympayesh) of ‘promoting extremist activity’ under Part 2 of Article 361-4 of the Criminal Code. She was found guilty and sentenced to three years of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony.
Seven criminal cases have been opened in the Homieĺ region bordering Ukraine for passing on the information about Russian military vehicles movement to “extremist” Telegram channels, the Investigative Committee reports. Cases are brought under Article 361-4 of the Criminal Code (Promoting extremist activities); detainees face up to six years in prison. Viasna tells what is known about them.