Larysa Shchyrakova

Date of birth: 13 April 1973

Date of detention: 6 December 2022

Charges indicted:

Art. 361-4 of the Criminal Code — Promoting extremist activities
Art. 369-1 of the Criminal Code — Discrediting Belarus

Sentence: 3 1/2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Mikalai Dolia

Prison: Penal colony No. 4

Larysa Shchyrakova, a former journalist, was detained in the evening of December 6, 2022, after a search of her home. Her son was taken to a shelter on the same day.

Later it became known that a criminal case was opened against Shchyrakova under Art. 369-1 of the Criminal Code ('Discrediting the Republic of Belarus'). She was transferred to the Gomel pre-trial detention center.

On August 31, 2023, Larysa was sentenced to three years and six months of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

      On September 22, 2023, the Ministry of Internal Affairs added Larysa to the "list of extremists".

Mail address: Penal colony No. 4. 246035, Homieĺ, vulica Antoshkina 3

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