activist of the European Belarus opposition group
Date of birth: 7 Feb 1979
Date of detention: 25 Sep 2020
Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code - Participation in riots
Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 1
Yauhen Afnahel is an activist of the European Belarus opposition group. He was detained together on September 25 as part of a criminal case under Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code ("rioting") after security officers stormed his apartment.
On October 1, Afnahel was charged. He is held in pre-trial prison No. 1 in Minsk.
Yauhen Afnahel, Pavel Yukhnevich and Andrei Voinich were among the founders and active members of the Zubr opposition movement. For their exclusively peaceful opposition activities, they were repeatedly repressed by the current authorities, including through fines, administrative arrests, beatings, intimidation and pressure.
After the events of 2010, Yauhen Afnahel was forced to emigrate for a long time, but eventually returned to Belarus to continue his opposition political activities.