Iryna Vikkholm

Russian citizen, sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison

Date of birth: 27 May 1963

Date of detention: 28 May 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 367 of the Criminal Code - Slander against the President of the Republic of Belarus

Sentence: 1 1/2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Yauhen Brehan

Prosecutor: Aliaksandr Batsiushka

Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 7

Iryna Vikkholm is a Russian national convicted under Article 367 of the Criminal Code (slander against the president).

The woman was taken into custody in a pre-trial detention center.

Vikkholm was arrested on May 28, 2021 for a Tweet written on May 23. The Tweet led to publication on LiveJournal with a repost of a publication by BBC's Russian Service about the incident with the Ryanair plane (which resulted in the arrest of Raman Pratasevich). Vikkholm added her headline to the repost: "Another crime of Lukashenka: an act of state aviation piracy". The controversial phrase was a quotation from the BBC text as a reaction of the Greek Foreign Ministry.

On September 20, 2021, Vikkholm was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment a general-security penal colony, after the Maskoŭski Court in Brest found her guilty of “slander against the president” (Article 367 of the Criminal Code of Belarus).

Mail address: Pre-trial detention center No. 7. 224030, Brest, vulica Savieckich pamiežnikaŭ 37

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