Maksim Znak

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

Charges indicted:

Art. 361 of the Criminal Code - Calls for actions aimed at causing harm to the national security of the Republic of Belarus
Part 1 of 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

Sentence: 10 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony

Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 1

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 has sentenced Maksim Znak to 10 years in a medium-security penal colony.

Mail address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1. 220030, Minsk, vulica Valadarskaha 2

Addresses of prisons:

      What should I know and how to help?

      ✉️ Write a letter. Make a scan of your letter or postcard and share it online

      🤝 Please use the Russian (or Belarusian) name of the prison

      💡 Foreign-language messages may be blocked, so attach a translation (e.g.

      💡 More tips here