Mikalai Dziadok

blogger, anarchist, sentenced to 5 years in prison

Date of birth: 23 August 1988

Date of detention: 11 November 2020

Charges indicted:

Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Art. 361 of the Criminal Code — Calls for actions aimed at causing harm to the national security of the Republic of Belarus
Art. 295-3 of the Criminal Code - Illegal actions in relation to objects which action is based on use of combustible substances

Sentence: 5 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Anastasiya Papko

Prosecutor: Anton Tsiumentsau

Prison: Prison No. 4

Godparent: Tamara Funiciello, member of the Swiss National Council

Mikalai Dziadok

Mikalai Dziadok is a blogger and activist of an anarchist movement. He was detained on November 12, 2020 by officers of GUBAZIK and the Interior Ministry. He was severely beaten and reportedly tortured during and after arrest. Mikalai was taken to the detention center in Akrescin Street and later transferred to the pre-trial detention center in Valadarski Street.

Dziadok was charged under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (organization or participation in group actions that grossly violate public order).

On March 31, 2021, the Investigative Committee's press service said that Dziadok was facing new charges under Part 3 of Article 361 (calls for actions aimed at harming the national security of the Republic of Belarus) and Part 1 of Article 295-3 (Illegal actions in relation to combustible items) of the Criminal Code.

On November 10, 2021, the Minsk City Court sentenced Mikalai Dziadok to five years in a general-security penal colony. Judge Anastasiya Papko found him guilty of “organizing and preparing actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them” (Art. 342), “calls for actions aimed at harming the national security of the Republic of Belarus” (Art. 361) and “illegal actions with regard to combustible substances” (Art. 295-3 of the Criminal Code).

Mail address: Prison No. 4. 212011, Mahilioŭ, vulica Krupskaj 99A

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