Larysa Kuzmenka

Date of birth: 7 May 1972

Date of detention: 8 August 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 364 of the Criminal Code — Violence or threat of violence against an employee of the internal affairs bodies

Sentence: 2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Prison sentence start date: 16 February 2022

Date of release: 8 May 2023

Judge: Siarhei Salouski

Prosecutor: Andrei Sidarenka

Larysa Kuzmenka, a resident of Homieĺ, was arrested in August 2021.

She was charged with violence or threats of violence against police officers during a protest in Homieĺ last year, when security forces used tear gas and stun grenades against protesters. 

Larysa Kuzmenka was sentenced to two years of imprisonment in a general regime prison under Article 364 of the Criminal Code.

Larysa is diagnosed with a depressive disorder and a claustrophobic syndrome.

Woman with claustrophobia from Homieĺ sent to prison for 2 years

Today, the Centraĺny District Court of Homieĺ announced the verdict in a criminal case against the 49-year-old Larysa Kuzmenka suffering from claustrophobia, who has been held in a pre-trial detention center for almost four months.


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