Kiryl Klimau

sentenced to 4 years of imprisonment

Date of birth: 11 September 1984

Date of detention: 23 February 2023

Charges indicted:

Art. 361-2 of the Criminal Code — Financing the activities of an extremist group

Sentence: 4 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Liubou Simakhina

Prison: Penal colony No. 15

Godparent: Andreas Schieder

Kiryl Klimau is 38 years old. He worked for many years at the Academy of Sciences and then in private firms. He was arrested on the morning of February 23, 2023, when he was going to work. His house was searched.

At first, Kiryl Klimau was arrested for 15 days, after which he was not released. He was accused of making six donations of ten dollars each to By_help, BYSOL, and other initiatives through the Facebook fundraising payment system from June 2020 to May 2021. Kiryl Klimau pleaded not guilty. He did not deny the transfer of funds but explained that he had donated to help the repressed.

On June 26, 2023, in the Minsk City Court, Kiryl Klimau was convicted under Article 361-2 of the Criminal Code ('Financing of activities of an extremist formation'). Judge Liubou Simakhina sentenced him to four years of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 15. 213105, Mahilioŭ, Viejna, Slaŭharadskaja šaša 183

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