Henadz Borys

sentenced to 3 years of restricted freedom


Date of detention: 9 August 2022

Charges indicted:

Art. 368 of the Criminal Code — Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus

Sentence: 3 years

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

Prison sentence start date: 14 February 2023

Judge: Ina Paulouskaya

Prosecutor: Lyshyk

Prison: Open correctional facility No. 43

Henadz Borys is a 55-year-old veteran of the war in Afghanistan. He was arrested by armed riot police officers on August 9, 2022, in Baranavičy, Brest region.

On August 10, 2022, he was fined 800 Belarusian rubles (approx. $272) for liking information from an extremist website under Article 19.11 of the Code of Administrative Offenses ('Production, distribution and (or) storage of extremist materials').

Henadz Borys was accused of insulting Aliaksandr Lukashenka under Part 1 of Article 368 of the Criminal Code ('Contempt of the President of Belarus') and of 'desecrating the state symbols' under Article 370. He was in custody in Baranavičy, pending trial.

On December 16, 2022, the Baranavičy District and City Court issued a verdict. Judge Ina Paulouskaya tried the case, with Lyshyk as the prosecutor.

The prosecution requested that Henadz Borys be confined to an open-type penal facility for three years and six months.

The court reduced this term by six months and sentenced Henadz Borys to three years confinement in an open-type penal facility. He was released from custody in the courtroom.

Since February 14, 2023, he he has been serving his sentence in open-type penal facility #43 in Mahilioŭ.

Mail address: Open correctional facility No. 43. 212003, Mahilioŭ, vulica Čaliuskincaŭ 76a

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