Russian citizen, sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison
Date of birth: 27 May 1963
Date of detention: 28 May 2021
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).