Yauhen Babak

ex-prosecutor, sentenced to 4 years

Date of birth: 10 October 1991

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
Art. 130 of the Criminal Code — Incitement to hatred

Sentence: 4 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Valiantsina Ziankevich

Prosecutor: Alina Kasiyanchyk

Prison: Penal colony No. 3

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

Yauhen Babak is a former prosecutor detained on charges of "group actions grossly violating public order" (Article 342 of the Criminal Code). He was also charged with inciting hatred under Part 1 of Article 130 of the Criminal Code.

He was initially detained on June 11, 2021, for "picketing by displaying a white-red-white flag on his balcony." On June 25, it became known that Babak had received been sentenced to another 15 days in prison. According to the ex-prosecutor's cellmates, he was convicted after the police received access to his smartphone. Babak was not released after 30 days of administrative detention.

Instead, he was called a suspect in a criminal case. 

On 11 March 2022, the trial over Yauhen Babak started in Minsk City Court. Judge Valiantsina Ziankevich considered the case, Alina Kasiyanchyk represented the state prosecution. The trial was closed. On May 12, after a two-month break, the trial resumed and the judge found Yauhen guilty and sentenced him to four years of imprisonment.

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

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