member of the Presidium of the Coordination Council, lawyer, sentenced to 10 years in prison
Date of birth: 4 September 1981
Date of detention: 9 September 2020
Art. 361 of the Criminal Code — Calls for actions aimed at causing harm to the national security of the Republic of Belarus
Art. 357 of the Criminal Code — Conspiracy to seize power in an unconstitutional way
Art. 361-1 of the Criminal Code — Creation of an extremist formation, or participation in it
Sentence: 10 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony
Judge: Siarhei Yepikhau
Prison: Penal colony No. 3
Godparent: Sergey Lagodinsky, member of the European Parliament
Maksim Znak is a lawyer and a member of the presidium of the Coordination Council.
He was detained on September 9, 2020. Znak's apartment was searched and he was taken to the Investigative Committee for questioning .
The Investigative Committee said that Maksim Znak was suspected of a criminal offense under Part 3 of Art. 361 of the Criminal Code (appeals to actions aimed at harming the national security of the Republic of Belarus).
On September 18, he faced formal charges under Part 3 of Art. 361 of the Criminal Code. The lawyer declared a hunger strike to protest the charges.
On February 10, 2021, Znak faced additional charges of "conspiracy to seize power with unconstitutional means" (Part 1 of Article 357) and "creating and managing an extremist formation" (Part 1 of Article 361-1).
On September 6, 2021, the Minsk Regional Court sentenced Maksim Znak to 10 years in a medium-security penal colony.
On December 24, 2021, the Supreme Court upheld the sentences of Maryia Kalesnikava and Maksim Znak.
In early January 2022, Znak was transferred to penal colony No. 3 near Viciebsk.