Yaraslau Zbarouski

sentenced to 3 years of restricted freedom

Date of birth: 18 March 1971

Date of detention: 25 September 2020

Charges indicted:

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

Sentence: 3 years

Penalty: restricted freedom in an open penal facility ("khimiya")

Judge: Maksim Trusevich

Prosecutor: Ina Zubko

Yaraslau Zbarouski

Yaraslau Zbarouski was detained on September 25 in the case of mass riots.

He was charged under Part 3 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code, "training or other preparation of persons to participate in riots, or funding of such activities." The pre-trial detention period was then been extended by two months.

He was later charged with “active participation in group actions that grossly violated public order” (Part 1 of Article 342 of the Criminal Code).

The man was accused of taking part in the events of the night of August 10, 2020, near the Riga shopping center in Minsk. In particular, Zbarouski allegedly obstructed traffic with his own car and helped set up barricades.

On April 5, 2021, Judge Maksim Trusevich of the Pieršamajski District Court of Minsk sentenced Zbarouski to three years in an open correctional facility (“khimiya”). 

Yaraslau Zbarouski was released from custody in the courtroom, but remained under travel restrictions before the appeal hearing.

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