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
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

On the list of “terrorists” (money transfers are prohibited)

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.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 3. 211322, Viciebsk region, Vićba

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