Natallia Hersche

Belarus-Switzerland dual citizen, sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison

Date of birth: 20 Oct 1969

Date of detention: 19 Sep 2020

Charges indicted:

Art. 363 of the Criminal Code - Resistance to a police officer or other person guarding public order

Prison: Penal colony No. 4

Natallia Hersche

Natalia Hersche has dual citizenship - Belarus and Switzerland. She has been living in Switzerland for the last 12 years with her minor daughter. Natallia visits Belarus once a year.

This year, she arrived in Minsk on September 11, and after meeting with her friend on September 19, she joined the All-Women March near the Kamaroŭski market. This was the only time Natallia took part in a protest (she had a return ticket to Switzerlandon for September 21).

On that day, she was detained and charged under Art. 23.34 of the Administrative Code (participation in an unauthorized mass event). During the arrest, Natallia reportedly did not obey the officer's demand to enter a police bus, tried to escape and grabbed an OMON officer, Siarhei Konchyk, by the face and scratched it, tearing off his balaclava. Because of this, a criminal case was opened against her under Art. 363 of the Criminal Code (resistance to a police officer).

Before the trial, Natallia was held in a pre-trial prison in Žodzina. The trial started on December 3. On December 7, Judge Siarhei Shatsila of the Saviecki District Court of Minsk sentenced Natallia to 2 years and 6 months in a general-security penal colony. This is exactly what the state prosecutor had previously requested.

Swiss national gets 2 ½ years in prison for tearing balaclava off riot policeman

Ms. Hersche was found guilty of “violent resistance to a law enforcement officer” (Art. 363, Part 2 of the Criminal Code) over an incident that happened during a women-only peaceful demonstration in central Minsk. The woman was detained, but reportedly “resisted arrest,” which resulted in a “slight damage to the mask in the area of the eye slit” and a “scratch near the right eye.”

 On February 16, the sentence was upheld by Judge Alena Shylko of the Minsk City Court.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 4. 246035, Homieĺ, vulica Antoshkina 3

Addresses of prisons:

  • Pre-trial detention center No. 1
    220030, Minsk, vulica Valadarskaha 2
    8 017 218-79-05
    116 persons
  • Pre-trial detention center No. 7
    224030, Brest, vulica Savieckich pamiežnikaŭ 37
    8 017 218-79-01
    53 persons
  • Pre-trial detention center No. 8
    222163, Žodzina, vulica Savieckaja 22A
    19 persons
  • Pre-trial detention center No. 6
    225413, Baranavičy, vulica Bresckaja 258B
    23 persons
  • Pre-trial detention center of KGB
    220050, Minsk, Main Post Office, subscriber box 8
    4 persons
  • Pre-trial detention center No. 3
    246003, Homieĺ, vulica Knižnaja 1A
    21 person
  • Prison No. 1
    230023, Hrodna, vulica Kirava 1
    9 persons
  • Prison No. 4
    212011, Mahilioŭ, vulica Krupskaj 99A
    25 persons
  • Penal colony No. 17
    213004, Škloŭ, vulica 1-ja Zavodskaja 8
    13 persons
  • Penal colony No. 9
    213410, Horki, vulica Dabraliubava 16
    2 persons
  • Penal colony No. 2
    213800, Babrujsk, vulica Sikorskaha 1
    4 persons
  • Pre-trial detention center No. 2
    210026, Viciebsk, vulica Haharyna 2
    5 persons
  • Penal colony No. 1
    211440, Navapolack, vulica Techničnaya 8
    10 persons
  • Open correctional facility No. 49
    213010, Škloŭ, vulica Maladziožnaja 2B
    2 persons
  • Penal colony No. 3
    211322, Viciebsk region, Vićba
    8 persons
  • Penal colony No. 15
    213105, Mahilioŭ, Viejna, Slaŭharadskaja šaša 183
    10 persons
  • Open correctional facility No. 39
    222002, Krupki district, Krupki-2
    2 persons
  • Open correctional facility No. 26
    231724, Hrodna district, village Hinovičy, 1
    2 persons
  • Open correctional facility No. 46
    213188, Kruhlaje, vulica Savieckaja, 96
    1 person
  • House arrest
    1 person
  • Penal colony No. 13
    211791, Hlubokaje, Saveckaja 205
    3 persons
  • Open correctional facility No. 29
    230415, Vaŭkavysk, vulica Rakasouskaha 118
    2 persons
  • Open correctional facility No. 48
    213765, Asipovičy, vulica Sumchanki 38
    2 persons
  • Open correctional facility No. 43
    212003, Mahilioŭ, vulica Čaliuskincaŭ 76a
    3 persons
  • Penal colony No. 4
    246035, Homieĺ, vulica Antoshkina 3
    4 persons
  • Penal colony No. 22
    225295, Brest region, Ivacevičy, station Damanava, PO Box 20
    6 persons
  • Open correctional facility No. 7
    225136, Pružany district, Kuplina
    2 persons
  • Open correctional facility No. 17
    Homeil, vul. Barysenka, 13, building 2
    3 persons
  • Open correctional facility No. 9
    210034, Vitebsk, street 3rd Chepinskaya, 39
    2 persons
  • Open correctional facility No. 45
    225073, Brest region, Kamenetsky district, Sushki
    3 persons
  • Open correctional facility No. 6
    225889, Brest region, Kobrin district, Lushchyky
    1 person
  • Scientific And Practical Center For Mental Health
    220053, Minsk, Daŭhinaŭski trakt 152
    1 person
  • Open correctional facility No. 21
    247760, Mazyr, buĺvar Junasci, 24
    2 persons
  • Penal colony No. 11. 231900, Volkovysk, Rokossovsky str., 118
    1 person
  • Juvenile penal colony No. 2
    213800, Babrujsk, vulica Hienierala Batava, 4
    1 person
  • Open correctional facility No. 47
    213470, Mogilev region, Mstislavl, Kalinina str., 31
    1 person
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