Yauhen Krachkouski

sentenced to 3 years of restricted freedom

Date of birth: 20 March 1986

Date of detention: 8 September 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: 3 years

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

Judge: Zhanna Khvainitskaya

Prosecutor: Katsiaryna Valadzko

Yauhen Krachkouski is the author of the project "Adveku". The man helped other people search for ancestors in Belarus, did genealogical research and worked with archives.

Krachkouski was detained on September 8, 2021 after a search of his home. The reason for the detention was a photo from August 9 last year, showing him and several other people at a rally in Minsk.

The man was charged with "group actions that grossly violate public order" (Article 342 of the Criminal Code).

On November 9, the Zavodski District Court of Minsk found Krachkouski guilty under Part 1 of Art. 342 and sentenced him to three years of restricted freedom in an open penitentiary.

The convict was released in the courtroom to wait for an appeal hearing.

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