Date of birth: 27 May 1972
Date of detention: 5 April 2022
Art. 361-1 of the Criminal Code — Creation of an extremist formation, or participation in it
Art. 361-4 of the Criminal Code — Promoting extremist activities
Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 3
Iryna Abdukeryna, is a former teacher from Chojniki, was detained at her summer house on the morning of April 5. The reason for the arrest was that the woman had allegedly recorded the movement of a Russian military convoy and forwarded the video to the Bielaruski hajun Telegram channel. This is stated in the “repentant” video of her.
On April 10 the woman was charged under two articles of the Criminal Code at once: 361-1 (Participating in an extremist formation) and 361-4 (Promoting extremist activities). At the moment Iryna is in the detention center in Homieĺ.
Seven criminal cases have been opened in the Homieĺ region bordering Ukraine for passing on the information about Russian military vehicles movement to “extremist” Telegram channels, the Investigative Committee reports. Cases are brought under Article 361-4 of the Criminal Code (Promoting extremist activities); detainees face up to six years in prison. Viasna tells what is known about them.