Maryia Safonava

sentenced to 2 months in prison, released

Date of birth: 28 December 1999

Date of detention: 7 October 2020

Charges indicted:

Art. 341 of the Criminal Code - Desecration of buildings and damage to property

Sentence: 2 months

Penalty: arrest

Date of release: 21 April 2021

Judge: Yuliya Shut

Prosecutor: Yuliya Dauhala

On November 12, 2020, the Lieninski District Court of Minsk sentenced Maryia Safonava to two months in prison under Art. 341 of the Criminal Code (desecration of buildings and damage to property).

The court found Maryia Safonava guilty of writing “Long Live Belarus” and spray-painting white-red-white flags on the door of a utility building, on trash cans, on the sidewalk and on light posts in several locations in Minsk, which allegedly reduced the aesthetic characteristics of these structures and caused the need for re-painting these elements and resurfacing the sidewalk, which resulted in property damage to a number of enterprises.

Maryia Safonava completed serving her sentence on April 21, 2021.

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