Katsiaryna Andreyeva (Bakhvalava)
Belsat TV journalist, sentenced to 2 years in prison
Date of birth: 2 November 1993
Date of detention: 15 November 2020
Art. 342 of the Criminal Code - Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Sentence: 2 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Judge: Natallia Buhuk
Prison: Penal colony No. 4
Katsiaryna Andreyeva (Bakhvalava) is a Belsat TV journalist, who, together with Darya Chultsova, was targeted in a criminal case of “organizing actions that grossly violate public order” (Article 342 of the Criminal Code) after a live broadcast from the place of the violent police crackdown on a peaceful protest in the Square of Change in Minsk on November 15.
Katsiaryna was initially sentenced to seven days of administrative detention, but was not released and transferred to a pre-trial prison in Žodzina.
On February 18, Judge Natallia Buhuk of the Frunzienski District Court of Minsk sentenced Andreyeva to 2 years’ imprisonment in a general-security penitentiary.
The journalist was found guilty of "disrupting the work of public transport" while covering the November 15 protest.
On April 23, the Minsk City Court upheld the sentence.