member of the presidium of the Coordination Council, head of the campaign headquarters of former presidential nominee Viktar Babaryka, sentenced to 11 years in prison
Date of birth: 24 April 1982
Date of detention: 7 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: 11 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Judge: Siarhei Yepikhau
Prison: Penal colony No. 4
Godparent: Claudia Roth, Vice President of the German Bundestag
Maryia Kalesnikava is a member of the presidium of the Coordination Council, head of the campaign headquarters of former presidential nominee Viktar Babaryka.
She was abducted on September 7, 2020 in Minsk and, along with two other members of the Coordination Council, Anton Radniankou and Ivan Krautsou, forcibly brought to the Ukrainian border to be expelled from the country. However, by tearing her passport and jumping out of the car, Kalesnikava foiled the special operation of deportation organized by the security forces.
On September 9, it became known that the woman had been arrested and 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).
Kalesnikava was held in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Minsk. On September 11, she was transferred to the pre-trial prison in Žodzina.
On September 16, she faced formal charges under Part 3 of Art. 361 of the Criminal Code.
On February 10, 2021, Kalesnikava 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 Kalesnikava to 11 years in a general-security penal colony.
On December 24, 2021, the Supreme Court upheld the sentences of Maryia Kalesnikava and Maksim Znak.
On January 11, 2022, Kalesnikava was transferred to penal colony No. 4 in Homieĺ.