Maksim Puchynski

sentenced to 2 1/2 years of restricted freedom under home confinement

Date of birth: 14 September 1991

Date of detention: 29 November 2022

Charges indicted:

Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them

Sentence: 2 1/2 years

Penalty: restricted freedom under home confinement ("domashnyaya khimiya")

Judge: Viktoryia Shabunia

Maksim Puchynski is the deputy director of the Minsk Cycling Society NGO. He was detained on November 29, 2022 at work. Then he was taken to his apartment for a search, during which his phone and laptop were seized.

First, Puchynski was sentenced to 11 days of administrative arrest. Then he was transferred to remand prison #1 as a defendant in a criminal case under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code ('Active participation in group actions grossly disrupting public order').

On March 9, 2023, in the Centraĺny District Court of Minsk, Judge Viktoryia Shabunia found Maksim Puchynski guilty and sentenced him to two years and six months of restricted freedom under home confinement. He was released from custody in the courtroom.

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