Kanstantsin Zalatykh

newspaper director, sentenced to 4 years imprisonment


Date of birth: 5 July 1969

Date of detention: 18 May 2022

Charges indicted:

Art. 369 of the Criminal Code — Insulting a government official
Art. 368 of the Criminal Code — Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus
Art. 130 of the Criminal Code — Incitement to hatred
Art. 426 of the Criminal Code: Abuse of power or authority

Sentence: 4 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Prison sentence start date: 4 July 2023

Judge: Alena Shylko

Prison: Penal colony No. 1

On the list of “terrorists” (money transfers are prohibited)

Kanstantsin Zalatykh is the director of Belorusy i rynok newspaper. He was arrested on May 18, 2022, after the police had searched the editorial office. Kanstantsin Zalatykh was charged under Part 2 of Article 130 of the Criminal Code (Incitement to hatred, combined with violence or committed by an official).

The political prisoner was kept in the pre-trial detention center in Žodzina, Minsk region. Later he was transferred to remand prison #1 in Minsk.

Kanstantsin Zalatykh is accused under four articles of the Criminal Code: Part 2 of Article 130 (Inciting racial, national, religious or other social hatred or enmity), Part 1 of Article 368 (Contempt of the president of Belarus), Article 369 (Contempt of a government official), and Part 2 of Article 426 (Exceeding authority or official powers).

His trial started on March 24, 2023, in the Minsk City Court. Judge Alena Shylko tried the case behind closed doors. On April 6, 2023, the political prisoner was sentenced to four years of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 1. 211440, Navapolack, vulica Techničnaya 8

Addresses of prisons:

What should I know and how to help?

✉️ Write a letter. Make a scan of your letter or postcard and share it online

🤝 Please use the Russian (or Belarusian) name of the prison

💡 Foreign-language messages may be blocked, so attach a translation (e.g. translate.google.com)

💡 A big guide about helping Belarusian political prisoners from abroad

💡 More tips here

Support “Viasna”