sentenced to 4 years and 9 months of imprisonment
Date of birth: 12 November 1994
Date of detention: 26 January 2022
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. 391 of the Criminal Code — Insulting a judge
Art. 389 of the Criminal Code — Threat to a judge or lay judge
Sentence: 4 years and 9 months
Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony
Judge: Kanstantsin Kaliadau
Prosecutor: Andrei Zhukouski
Godparent: Britta Haßelmann, chairperson of the parliamentary group Alliance 90/The Greens in the German Bundestag
Pavel Kuchynski was detained on January 26, 2022, in Maladziečna for his comments on the Internet. He is accused under five articles of the Criminal Code:
- Art. 369 (Insulting a government official),
- Art. 389 (Threat to a judge or lay judge),
- Art. 391 (Insulting a judge),
- Art. 364 (Violence or threat of violence against an employee of the internal affairs bodies), whose case has already been investigated,
- Art. 368 (Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus).
Pavel has been diagnosed with the fourth stage of cancer.
On June 7, Viliejka District Court pronounced the verdict in a case against political prisoner. The case was considered by Judge Kanstantsin Kaliadau, deputy district prosecutor Andrei Zhukouski represented the state prosecution. On the totality of articles by partial addition of punishments, the judge decided to impose a final sentence of five years of imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony. Kuchynski also has to pay compensation for moral damage to the head of the Maladziečna district police department Vadzim Pryhar in the amount of 1,500 rubles (about 450 US dollars) and to the assistant commander of the Maladziečna district police squad Henadz Filistovich 1,000 rubles (about 300 US dollars).
Upon the appeal, Pavel Kuchynski's sentence was commuted to four years and nine months, while the fine was increased to 3,840 rubles ($1,521).
On June 7, Viliejka District Court pronounced the verdict in a case against political prisoner Pavel Kuchynski, who was accused of insulting Aliaksandr Lukashenka, a government official and a judge, as well as of violence or threat of violence against an officer of internal affairs.