Katsiaryna Andreyeva (Bakhvalava)

Belsat TV journalist, sentenced to 2 years in prison

Date of birth: 2 November 1993

Date of detention: 15 November 2020

Charges indicted:

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

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.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 4. 246035, Homieĺ, vulica Antoshkina 3

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