sentenced to 2 years of imprisonment
Date of birth: 31 March 1990
Date of detention: 30 September 2021
Art. 369 of the Criminal Code — Insulting a government official
Art. 130 of the Criminal Code — Incitement to hatred
Sentence: 2 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Judge: Iryna Tsiaplova
Prison: Penal colony No. 3
Yauhen Rakevich was detained in Stoŭbcy for publishing comments on the Internet in connection with the deaths of IT worker Andrei Zeltser and KGB agent Dzmitry Fedasiuk.
On August 24, 2022, the Mahilioŭ Regional Court found Rakevich guilty of ‘insulting a government official’ (Article 369 of the Criminal Code) and ‘inciting hatred’ (Article 130 of the Criminal Code) and sentenced him to two years of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony and a fine of 3,200 Belarusian rubles ($1,300). During the trial the defendant pleaded guilty partially, explaining that he had written the comments, driven by strong emotions.