Pavel Sakalou


Date of birth: 26 August 1985

Date of detention: 20 September 2021

Charges indicted:

Part 3 of Art. 293 of the Criminal code — Training or other preparation of persons for participation in mass riots, or financing of this activity
Art. 361-1 of the Criminal Code — Creation of an extremist formation, or participation in it

Sentence: 4 1/2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony

Judge: Yauhen Burunou

Prison: Penal colony No. 22

On the list of “terrorists” (money transfers are prohibited)

Pavel Sakalou was arrested in Viciebsk in late September 2021 and charged under Article 361-1 of the Criminal Code (creation of an extremist group or participation in it) for creating and leading several groups in the Telegram messaging application.

In May 2022 Judge Evgeny Burunov found Pavel guilty under two articles of the Criminal Code: Part 3 of Article 293 (training for participation in mass riots) and Article 361-1 (creating an extremist formation) and sentenced him to 4.5 years in a general-security penal colony. The case was heard in the Viciebsk Regional Court in a closed session.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 22. 225295, Brest region, Ivacevičy, station Damanava, PO Box 20

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