Natallia Rayentava

sentenced to 8 months in prison, released

Date of birth: 19 July 1991

Date of detention: 29 August 2020

Charges indicted:

Art. 364 of the Criminal Code - Violence or threat of violence against an employee of the internal affairs bodies

Sentence: 8 months

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Date of release: 29 May 2021

Judge: Tatsiana Akavitaya

Natallia Rayentava is a resident of Minsk convicted of using violence against a police officer.

In particular, she was accused of biting the leg of a riot police officer during her arrest on a trolleybus after the Women's Solidarity March on August 29. The violent detention was caught on video and soon became viral.

Natallia was sentenced to a short term of administrative detention, but was not released after serving it. She was charged under Article 364 of the Criminal Code (violence against a police officer) and remained in custody before the trial.

On February 25, the Centraĺny District Court of Minsk sentenced Natallia Rayentava to 8 months in a general-security penal colony. The convict was only ordered to serve three months, as she was under arrest since September 29, 2020.

On May 29, 2021, Rayentava was released after completing her term.

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