Ivan Yasnikau


Date of birth: 6 July

Date of detention: 30 March 2022

Charges indicted:

Art. 361-4 of the Criminal Code — Promoting extremist activities
Part 1 of Article 14 and Part 1 of Article 342 of the Criminal Code — Preparation for group actions that grossly violate the public order

Sentence: unknown

Judge: Vasil Biahun

Ivan Yasnikau was originally detained for the events of August 2020, but while inspecting his smartphone law enforcement officers found photos of military equipment, which he had sent to the “Kalinkavičy for Life” Telegram channel back on February 23.

According to preliminary information, a criminal case was opened under Article 361-4 of the Criminal Code (Promotion of extremist activity). This article provides a punishment of up to six years in prison.

Taking pics of Russian troops considered extremism

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.


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