Pavel Drozd

sentenced to 3 years; released after serving full sentence

Former prisoner

Date of birth: 24 January 1986

Date of detention: 3 November 2020

Charges indicted:

Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Art. 349 of the Criminal Code — Unauthorized access to computer information
Art. 341 of the Criminal Code — Desecration of structures and damage to property
Art. 352 of the Criminal Code — Illegal acquisition of computer information
Art. 350 of the Criminal Code - Destruction, blocking or modification of computer information
Art. 354 of the Criminal Code - Development, use, distribution or sale of malicious computer programs

Sentence: 3 1/2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Date of release: 6 February 2023

Judge: Zhanna Khvainitskaya

Godparent: Wendy Chamberlain, member of the British House of Commons

Pavel Drozd was detained on November 3, 2020 on suspicion of hacking the computer network of the Minsk City Executive Committee (Part 2, Article 349 of the Criminal Code) and on suspicion of committing acts that grossly violate public order (Part 1, Article 342 of the Criminal Code). He was later charged under these articles.

Judge Zhanna Khvoinitskaya decided to consider the case behind closed doors due to the fact that “the materials of the criminal case contain information that is a state secret.”

On January 28, the Zavodski District Court of Minsk sentenced four political prisoners for “hacking the computer system of the Minsk City Executive Committee.” Political prisoners Kim Samusenka and Aliaksei Samusenka were sentenced to 6.5 and 4 years in a general-security penal colony, respectively, Pavel Drozd and Ivan Andrushoits to 3.5 years in a penal colony each.

On April 26, 2022, the City Court of Minsk considered the appeal: Pavel Drozd and Ivan Andrushoits had their sentences reduced by six months—to 3 years in a penal colony.

In late May 2022, Pavel was transferred to penal colony #1 in Navapolack.

The political prisoner served his full sentence and was released on February 6, 2023.

Four political prisoners accused of hacking the government computer system sentenced to 3,5 to 6,5 years

The case was considered behind the closed doors

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