student, sentenced to 6 years of imprisonment
Date of birth: 11 January 1999
Date of detention: 2 December 2021
Art. 130 of the Criminal Code — Incitement to hatred
Art. 203-1 of the Criminal Code — Illegal actions with respect to information about private life and personal data
Sentence: 6 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony
Judge: Yauhen Brehan, Katsiaryna Hruda
Prosecutor: Vadzim Bahatka, Aliaksandr Bohush
Statement on the status of a political prisoner
Kanstantsin Rudnitski is a Brest State Technical University student. He was taken into custody for developing software (web button) for Black map of the occupiers website, which locates members of the security services involved in the crackdown on the opposition.
He was charged under five articles of the Criminal Code:
- Art. 364 of the Criminal Code — Violence or threat of violence against an employee of the internal affairs bodies;
- Art. 369 of the Criminal Code — Insulting a government official;
- Art. 365 of the Criminal Code — Interference in the activities of a police officer;
- Art. 366 of the Criminal Code — Violence or threat against an official performing official duties or another person performing a public duty;
- Art. 203-1 of the Criminal Code — Illegal actions with respect to information about private life and personal data.
On May 13, 2022, the trial on Kanstantsin began. In the course of the hearings, the articles he was charged with were reclassified to Part 6 of Article 16 and Part 3 of Article 203-1 (aiding in unlawful acts with personal data) and Part 6 of Article 16 and Part 3 of Article 130 (aiding in inciting hatred) of the Criminal Code. At first, the case was considered in Brest Maskoŭski District Court by Judge Yauhen Bregan, and the state prosecution was represented by prosecutor Vadzim Bahatka, but then the case was transferred to Brest Regional Court. Judge Katsiaryna Hruda and prosecutor Alexander Bogush were appointed to this case.
As a result, on 12 July 2022, Judge Katsiaryna Hruda sentenced the political prisoner to six years in a medium-security penal colony and a fine of BYN 3,200 rubles (USD 1,270).