Date of birth: 22 August 1987
Date of detention: 15 November 2021
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. 361-1 of the Criminal Code — Creation of an extremist formation, or participation in it
Art. 356 of the Criminal Code — High treason
Judge: Zhanna Brysina
Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 1
Pavel Belavus is a creator of the Symbal.by store and a culture manager. He is married and has two children.
Belavus was detained on November 15, 2021 after being summoned to the police. He was sentenced under administrative charges three times (for 15, 13, and 7 days of arrest), after which he was transferred to a pre-trial detention center.
Belavus is charged under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code ('Participation in group actions that grossly violate public order'). In June 2022, he was also charged under Art. 361-1 ('Creating an extremist formation'), and in August—under Article 356 ('High treason').
As the Investigative Committee reported in early January 2023, Belavus 'under the guise of cultural and historical development, was spreading the ideas of Belarusian nationalism on various public social networks and websites, the purpose of which was to change the state power in Belarus'. Allegedly, he 'stimulated the hostility of his compatriots towards the Motherland'. 'With his criminal actions, Belavus has endangered the external and internal security of the state for ten years'.
As a result of the investigation, Belavus was charged under Part 1 of Article 356 ('High treason'), Part 1 Art. 342 of the Criminal Code ('Participation in group actions that grossly violate public order'), Part 3 of Art. 361 ('Calls for actions aimed at causing harm to the national security of the Republic of Belarus'), and Part 1 of Article 361-1 ('Leading an extremist formation').