employee of BMZ, sentenced to 3 years in prison
Date of birth: 23 May 1990
Date of detention: 23 November 2020
Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Sentence: 3 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a high security prison
Judge: Yauhen Yerafeyeu
Prosecutor: Andrei Anoshka
Prison: Prison No. 1
Godparent: James Lawless, member of the Irish Parliament
Ihar Povarau is an employee of the BMZ steel works in Žlobin. He was detained on November 23 for organizing a strike at the enterprise on August 17. Ihar and several other employees were charged under Part 1 of Article 342 of the Criminal Code (group actions that grossly violate public order).
The workers were accused of blocking the movement of support vehicles in an act of protest against election fraud and violent crackdown on peaceful protesters. According to the employer, the strike caused financial damage to the enterprise, which it estimated at 1,080 rubles (340 euros).
On February 1, 2021, the Žlobin District Court sentenced Ihar Povarau to three years in a general-security penal colony.
Povarau pleaded not guilty.