Leanid Shamau

sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison

Former prisoner

Date of birth: 14 June 2001

Date of detention: 12 January 2022

Charges indicted:

Part 3 of Art. 293 of the Criminal code — Training or other preparation of persons for participation in mass riots, or financing of this activity

Sentence: 2 1/2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Date of release: 20 May 2024

Judge: Vital Lapko

Groups: Студэнты

Cases: Пратэсты Віцебск

Leanid Shamau is a student at Polack State University.

He was sentenced to 2 years and 6 months in a general-security penal colony for ‘training for participation in mass riots’ under Part 3 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code.

According to the case files, on August 10 and 11, 2020 Leanid ‘intentionally and unlawfully’ collected and disseminated information intended for these purposes. The prosecution was sure that he distributed it through Telegram chats so that the residents of Novapolack and nearby localities could familiarize themselves with it. Shamau was kept in custody until his conviction.

In the middle of May 2022, Leanid was escorted from pre-trial detention facility to Babrujsk penal colony No. 2.

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