opposition activist, sentenced to 3 years in prison
Date of birth: 21 March 1975
Date of detention: 3 January 2021
Art. 364 of the Criminal Code — Violence or threat of violence against an employee of the internal affairs bodies
Art. 369 of the Criminal Code — Insulting a government official
Art. 368 of the Criminal Code — Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus
Art. 411 — Malicious disobedience to the demands of administration of the correctional institution
Sentence: 3 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Judge: Yauhen Brehan
Prison: Penal colony No. 24
Godparent: Isabel Santos, member of the European Parliament
Palina Sharenda-Panasiuk is an opposition activist based in Brest.
Sharenda-Panasiuk was detained on January 3, 2021. The security forces broke down the door in her apartment, searched the place and confiscated a number of things. Palina was detained and taken to the detention center in handcuffs. Later she was transferred to a pre-trial detention center. The activist was charged under Article 364 of the Criminal Code (violence against a police officer) for scratching one of the police officers who raided her apartment. Later, the woman was also accused of insulting the president (Article 368 of the Criminal Code) and a representative of the authorities (Article 369 of the Criminal Code).
During her imprisonment, the woman was placed in a punishment cell several times; she complained of psychological and physical pressure.
Her husband Andrei Panasiuk served more than 60 days of detention. Now he is under house arrest, facing charges of insulting the president, and also under Art. 361 of the Criminal Code (calls for action aimed at causing damage to the national security of the Republic of Belarus).
On June 9, 2021, the court of the Maskoŭski district of Brest sentenced Sharenda-Panasiuk to two years in a general-security penal colony.
As of the beginning of December 2021, Palina had already been placed in the punishment cell five times since August.
At the end of February 2022, it became known that another criminal case was brought against Palina under Part 2 of Article 411 of the Criminal Code (Malicious disobedience to demands of the administration of a penal institution).
On April 7, 2022, Palina Sharenda-Panasiuk was sentenced on the premises of Homieĺ women's colony. Judge of Čyhunačny District Court of Homieĺ Mikalai Krupadziorau considered the case during the out-of-court hearing and sentenced the political prisoner to one more year in prison in addition to two years of imprisonment.
Palina is the first female political prisoner in Belarus convicted under this article.
On June 8, 2022, the Homieĺ Regional Court considered Palina's appeal against the decision of the Čyhunačny District Court of Homieĺ. Judge Mikalai Marataeu decided to leave the verdict in force.