Yury Bubnou

sentenced to 2 years of imprisonment


Date of birth: 17 January 1956

Date of detention: 12 January 2023

Charges indicted:

Art. 368 of the Criminal Code — Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus
Art. 367 of the Criminal Code — Slander against the President of the Republic of Belarus

Sentence: 2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Volha Zarychniuk

Prison: Penal colony No. 3

Yury Bubnou is a professor.  He was accused of slandering Lukashenka under Article 367 of the Criminal Code (Defamation against the President of Belarus).

He was arrested on January 12, 2023, at his university department.

Yury Bubnou has headed the Humanities Department at the Belarusian State University of Food and Chemical Technologies since 1997. His portrait is on the university veterans' honor board. He was awarded the Outstanding Educationist badge. He is known in Mahilioŭ as an expert sociologist and a co-creator of the Center for Urban Initiatives and the DranikFest festival.

Yury Bubnou was also charged under Article 368 of the Criminal Code (Contempt of the President of Belarus). His trial was scheduled on May 4, 2023, in the Kastryčnicki District Court of Mahilioŭ, by Judge Volha Zarychniuk.

On May 26, 2023, the political prisoner was sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony.

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

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