Kiryl Hniazdzilau


Date of birth: 17 July 1983

Date of detention: 19 February 2023

Charges indicted:

Art. 130 of the Criminal Code — Incitement to hatred
Art. 179 of the Criminal Code — Illegal collection and dissemination of information about private life

Sentence: 8 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony

Judge: Andrei Leshchanka

Prison: Penal colony No. 3

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

Kiryl Hniazdzilau had been a police officer since 2007. In August 2020, he quit his job and started working in the IT sector. When he returned from Poland to visit his wife and children, Kiryl was detained at the border. For the past six months, the man had been living in the neighboring country.

The trial was held in a closed court session. The case was considered during six court sessions. It is known that the case is connected with Black Book of Belarus.

On August 3, 2023, the Brest Regional Court convicted Kiryl under Part 6 of Article 16 and Part 1 of Article 130 (incitement to hatred), Part 1 of Article 179 (illegal collection and dissemination of information about private life) of the Criminal Code. Judge Andrei Leshchanka sentenced Kiryl to eight years of imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony. Kiryl was ordered to pay compensation for moral damage to two victims (2,000 and 1,000 Belarusian rubles, respectively). The former policeman was also stripped of his captain's rank.

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

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