Yahor Viarshynin

former police officer, sentenced to 2 years in prison

Date of birth: 20 May 1990

Date of detention: 11 June 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them

Sentence: 2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Dzmitryi Karsiuk

Prosecutor: Artsiom Tsviatkou

Prison: Penal colony No. 3

Yahor Viarshynin is a former police investigator charged under Part 1 of Article 342 of the Criminal Code, "organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them."

He was arrested on June 11, 2021 and placed in custody in a pre-trial detention center.

On October 8, 2021, the Centraĺny District Court of Minsk sentenced Viarshynin to two years in a general-security penal colony, finding him guilty under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (“actions that grossly violate public order”).

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Mail address: Penal colony No. 3. 211322, Viciebsk region, Vićba

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