Heorhi Vasilenka

entrepreneur, sentenced to 2 years of restricted freedom

Date of birth: 24 November 1996

Date of detention: 5 February 2021

Charges indicted:

Part 2 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code - Hooliganism committed by a group of persons

Sentence: 2 years

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

Judge: Siarhei Salouski

Prison: Open correctional facility No. 49

Heorhi Vasilenka is an entrepreneur from Homieĺ.

He was accused of replacing the official flag with a white-red-white one in Lenin Square in Homieĺ. The incident took place on August 16.

On November 26, Judge Siarhei Salouski of the Centraĺny District Court of Homieĺ sentenced Heorhi Vasilenka to two years of restricted freedom (so-called “khimiya”) under Part 1 of Art. 339 (hooliganism). The only witness who testified in court that the replacement of the state flag “offended her personal feelings” was an employee of the city government’s department for ideology and culture.

Human rights defenders emphasize that the defendant was convicted of “hooliganism”, rather than “desecration of state symbols”.

The convict has been sent to serve the sentence in an open penal facility.

Mail address: Open correctional facility No. 49. 213010, Škloŭ, vulica Maladziožnaja 2B

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