hiking tours organizer, sentenced to 2 1/2 years of imprisonment
Date of birth: 29 June 1962
Date of detention: 1 March 2022
Art. 368 of the Criminal Code — Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus
Art. 130 of the Criminal Code — Incitement to hatred
Sentence: 2 1/2 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Judge: Aliaksei Khlyshchankou
Prison: Penal colony No. 3
Statement on the status of a political prisoner
Ihar Halushka is an organizer of hiking tours from Homieĺ. He was detained on March 1, 2022, and then transferred to a pre-trial detention center on charges under two articles of the Criminal Code: Article 368 (insulting the President) and Article 130 (inciting social hatred). The case was initiated for his comments on a political topic between 2020–2021.
On June 30, 2022, a closed-door hearing of his case began. On July 14, Judge Aliaksei Khlyshchankou found Ihar Halushka guilty and sentenced him to two years and six months in a general-security penal colony.