Ivan Viarbitski

sentenced to 8 years and 1 month in prison


Date of birth: 17 July 1965

Date of detention: 21 October 2020

Charges indicted:

Art. 295 of the Criminal Code — Unlawful acts against firearms, ammunition and explosives
Art. 377 of the Criminal Code — Destruction of official documents
Art. 289 of the Criminal Code — An act of terrorism
Art. 411 — Malicious disobedience to the demands of administration of the correctional institution

Sentence: 8 years and 1 month

Penalty: imprisonment in a high security prison

Judge: Liudmila Piatrova, Tatsiana Kastsiuk, Mikalai Hladki

Prosecutor: Siarhei Kavalchuk

Prison: Penal colony No. 14

On the list of “terrorists” (money transfers are prohibited)

Ivan Viarbitski is from Haĺšany, Hrodna region. He has two higher educations. He worked as a designer, a cartoonist, a director, and a video editor. He draws pictures and writes short stories.

Viarbitski was charged under several articles of the Criminal Code: 'incitement to an act of terrorism' (Part 1 of Article 289), 'illegal acquisition and storage of ammunition and explosives' (Article 295), and 'destruction of official documents' (Part 1 of Article 377).

According to the case file, on 14 October 2020, with an intention to destabilize public order, Ivan Viarbitski posted text messages in a Telegram chat room, which contained calls to damage the KGB building with Molotov cocktails, to set fire to the Prosecutor's Office of the Ašmiany district (Hrodna region), and to damage and destroy the property of law enforcement officers by setting their vehicles on fire. During the search of his home, the police officers found and seized ammunition and explosives.

On March 15, 2021, Viarbitski was sentenced to eight years and one month of imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony.

Later, the punishment level for him was changed to a maximum-security prison. He is serving his sentence in Prison #4 in Mahilioŭ.

On June 16, 2022, the KGB added Ivan Viarbitski to their 'List of persons involved in terrorist activities'.

On December 19, 2022, in the Lieninsky District Court of Mahilioŭ, Judge Tatsiana Kastsiuk tried the case against the political prisoner under Part 1 of Article 411 of the Criminal Code ('Willful disobedience to the requirements of the penitentiary administration'). The details of the sentence are to be specified.

On March 14, 2023, Judge Mikalai Hladki was to consider the case of Ivan Viarbitski under Part 2 of Article 411 of the Criminal Code ('Willful disobedience to the requirements of the penitentiary administration').

He is serving his sentence in penal colony #14, in Navasady, Minsk region.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 14. 222125, Minsk region, Barysaŭ district, s.n.p. Navasady, vulica Miru 1a

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