sentenced to 5 years in prison
Date of birth: 20 February 1991
Date of detention: 27 September 2020
Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code — Participation in riots
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 medium-security penal colony
Judge: Maksim Trusevich
Prison: Penal colony No. 3
Mikita Kharlovich is a citizen of Minsk convicted of "preparing riots".
30-year-old Mikita Kharlovich was accused of being “near the apartment building at 117 Kazintsa Street and in other unidentified places on September 27 to carry out public calls after the presidential elections in Belarus to actively participate in mass riots with subsequent participation in mass riots accompanied by violence against a person, pogroms, arson, destruction of property, and armed resistance to representatives of the authorities." He was also accused of making two Molotov cocktails, which he kept in his shed. On September 27, he took them with him on his way to a protest, but did not commit any crime "due to circumstances beyond his control."
The man was detained on the evening of September 27 near a forest belt in the Kurasoŭščyna district in Minsk. GUBOPiK officers found in his backpack and in a black bag two glass bottles with pieces of cloth were inserted into the necks. His actions were qualified under two articles of the Criminal Code: Part 1 of Art. 295-3 and Art. 13 Part 2 of Art. 293.
On February 3, 2021, Mikita Kharlovich was sentenced to 5 years in a medium-security penal colony.