Ryta Zotava

student, sentenced to 2 years of imprisonment

Former prisoner

Date of birth: 25 January 2002

Date of detention: 28 December 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Art. 341 of the Criminal Code — Desecration of structures and damage to property

Sentence: 2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Date of release: 12 October 2023

Judge: Piotr Tsyhanok

Prosecutor: Dzianis Lapitski

Godparent: Olga Richterová, Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic

Ryta Zotava

Ryta Zotava was arrested on December 28, 2021, for posting leaflets, the content of which, according to investigators, was degrading to OMON officers. She was accused of inciting social hatred (Article 130 of the Criminal Code).

Ryta was held in pre-trial detention.

On March 23, 2022, Judge Piotr Tsyhanok sentenced her to 24 months of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony.

      Ryta was included in the list of Belarusian citizens, foreign citizens and stateless persons involved in extremist activities.

On October 12, 2023, Ryta was released from prison.

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