sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison
Date of birth: 7 July 1992
Date of detention: 10 March 2021
Art. 363 of the Criminal Code — Resistance to a police officer or other person guarding public order
Sentence: 2 1/2 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Date of release: 11 August 2023
Ivan Rakits is a resident of Brest convicted under Art. 363 of the Criminal Code (resistance to a police officer or other person maintaining public order) for his involvement in a protest on August 9, 2020.
According to the indictment, on election night, Ivan Rakits took part in an unauthorized event in one of the streets of Brest, where he resisted a policeman - police lieutenant colonel Dziahel - and punched him in the jaw. The prosecution said the damage was a "minor bodily injury". Rakits pleaded not guilty in court.
On March 9, 2021, he was found guilty and sentenced to two and a half years in a general-security penal colony. Rakits was taken into custody in the courtroom.