Maryia Nestserava

sentenced to 3 years in prison, released after serving full sentence

Date of birth: 12 September 1966

Date of detention: 23 October 2020

Charges indicted:

Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them

Sentence: 3 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Date of release: 27 May 2023

Judge: Alena Kaptsevich

Prosecutor: Veranika Zubik

Maryia Nestserava

Maryia Nestserava graduated from the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science of the Belarusian State University. She worked as a civil servant almost all her life. It is known that Nestserava worked as a senior inspector at the Minsk Regional and Central Customs for about eight years. She resigned from customs about ten years ago.

Nestserava was arrested on the evening of October 23, 2020, in the stairwell near her apartment. The GUBAZIK (Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption) officers searched her apartment and took her with them for questioning. During the arrest, she was beaten.

At first, Nestserava was charged under Part 2 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code for 'participation in mass riots in Minsk'. Eventually, on June 4, 2021, Maryia Nestserava was she was convicted under Part 1 of Article 342 of the Criminal Code and found guilty of “active participation in group actions that grossly disrupted public order". All the charges stemmed from her activity in Telegram channels and chat rooms—the 47-page charge against her was based on her correspondence. On June 4, 2021, in the Zavodski District Court of Minsk, Judge Alena Kaptsevich sentenced Maryia Nestserava to three years of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony.

Nestserava was placed in remand prison #1 in Minsk.

On May 27, 2023, the political prisoner was released from women's penal colony #4 in Homieĺ, having served her full sentence.

3 years in prison for messaging: Political prisoner Maryia Nestserava convicted in Minsk

Political prisoner Maryia Nestserava was sentenced today to three years in a general-security penal colony, after Judge Alena Kaptsevich of the Zavodski District Court of Minsk found her of “active participation in group actions that grossly violated public order and were combined with obvious disobedience to the lawful demands of the authorities.”


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