Hleb Hladkouski

organizer of aerial photography; sentenced to 5 years of penal colony


Date of birth: 6 May 1985

Date of detention: 30 September 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 361 of the Criminal Code — Calls for actions aimed at causing harm to the national security of the Republic of Belarus
Art. 368 of the Criminal Code — Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus
Art. 130 of the Criminal Code — Incitement to hatred
Art. 198 of the Criminal Code — Obstruction of a journalist lawful professional activity

Sentence: 5 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Prison sentence start date: 5 May 2023

Judge: Sviatlana Charapanava

Prison: Penal colony No. 1

On the list of “terrorists” (money transfers are prohibited)

Hleb Hladkouski is a well-known organizer of quadcopter aerial photography. He was detained in Brest for publishing comments on the Internet in connection with the deaths of the IT worker Andrei Zeltser and KGB agent Dzmitry Fedasiuk.

It is known that Hladkouski was charged under Part 1 of Art. 368 ('Insulting the president of Belarus'), Art. 198 ('Obstructing legitimate professional activity of a journalist'), Part 3 of Art. 361 ('Calls for restrictive measures (sanctions), other actions aimed at harming national security of Belarus'), and Part 1 of Art. 130 of the Criminal Code ('Inciting other social enmity or hatred').

On November 8, 2022, the trial began in the City Court of Minsk. According to human rights defenders, the court was adjourned because the political prisoner was sent for a psychiatric examination. On January 30, 2023, the trial resumed.

On February 1, 2023, Judge Sviatlana Charapanava sentenced Hladkouski to five years of imprisonment in a general security penal colony.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 1. 211440, Navapolack, vulica Techničnaya 8

Addresses of prisons:

What should I know and how to help?

✉️ Write a letter. Make a scan of your letter or postcard and share it online

🤝 Please use the Russian (or Belarusian) name of the prison

💡 Foreign-language messages may be blocked, so attach a translation (e.g. translate.google.com)

💡 A big guide about helping Belarusian political prisoners from abroad

💡 More tips here

Support “Viasna”