entrepreneur, sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment
Date of birth: 24 November 1996
Date of detention: 5 February 2021
Part 2 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code — Hooliganism committed by a group of persons
Art. 368 of the Criminal Code — Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus
Sentence: 18 months
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Judge: Siarhei Salouski
Prison: Penal colony No. 5
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.
On June 27, the Centraĺny District Court of Homieĺ convicted political prisoner Heorhi Vasilenka, who was accused of insulting the President of Belarus (Part 1, Article 368 of the Criminal Code). According to the indictment, while serving his sentence in an open-type correctional facility, Vasilenka posted messages containing obscene language addressed to the President of the Republic of Belarus in a group chat. Judge Viktar Kazachok sentenced him to 18 months in a general-security penal colony. Taking into account the previously served punishment, Heorhi has to spend 17 months behind bars.
On June 27, the Centraĺny District Court of Homieĺ convicted political prisoner Heorhi Vasilenka, who was accused of insulting the President of Belarus (Part 1, Article 368 of the Criminal Code). Judge Viktar Kazachok considered the case.