Pavel Spiryn

blogger, sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison

Date of birth: 20 May 1984

Date of detention: 9 Sep 2020

Charges indicted:

Art. 130 of the Criminal Code - Incitement to hatred

Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 1

Pavel Spiryn is a political blogger running a video channel on YouTube.

Pavel Spiryn was detained on September 4, 2020, released three days later, then detained again on September 9 after his new video was released online. In the 2020 presidential election, the blogger announced his intention to run for President, but the Central Election Commission denied registration to his nomination group. At the same time, Pavel Spiryn made harsh remarks against Aliaksandr Lukashenka in his speech at a CEC meeting, which was broadcast live, which could be one of the reasons for his persecution. He eventually became a proxy for presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. In 2019, one of his films called “Gran’” (“Edge”) was blacklisted by the authorities as “extremist content,” but the vlogger only faced charges related to the video after his active participation in the 2020 election campaign.

Spiryn was charged under Part 1 of Article 130 of the Criminal Code, “Intentional acts aimed at inciting racial, national, religious or other social hatred or hostility on the grounds of racial, national, religious, linguistic or other social affiliation.” The social group in question, according to the prosecution, is “another group of persons united by professional affiliation,” namely prosecutors, judges, members of Parliament, senior officials of the Republic of Belarus, police officers, riot police officers and even the Minister of Internal Affairs.

The charge stems from two videos, which he posted on his YouTube channel: "Gran'" ("Edge"), a documentary blacklisted by the authorities as “extremist content", and a video titled "A Terrible Secret of the Prosecutor General of Belarus: License for Sadism".

On February 5, Judge Dzina Kuchuk of the Minsk City Court sentenced Pavel Spiryn to 4.5 years in a general-security penal colony under Article 130 of the Criminal Code.

Mail address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1. 220030, Minsk, vulica Valadarskaha 2

Addresses of prisons:

  • Pre-trial detention center No. 1
    220030, Minsk, vulica Valadarskaha 2
    8 017 218-79-05
    122 persons
  • Pre-trial detention center No. 7
    224030, Brest, vulica Savieckich pamiežnikaŭ 37
    8 017 218-79-01
    52 persons
  • Pre-trial detention center No. 8
    222163, Žodzina, vulica Savieckaja 22A
    32 persons
  • Pre-trial detention center No. 6
    225413, Baranavičy, vulica Bresckaja 258B
    21 person
  • Pre-trial detention center of KGB
    220050, Minsk, Main Post Office, subscriber box 8
    3 persons
  • Pre-trial detention center No. 3
    246003, Homieĺ, vulica Knižnaja 1A
    25 persons
  • Prison No. 1
    230023, Hrodna, vulica Kirava 1
    12 persons
  • Prison No. 4
    212011, Mahilioŭ, vulica Krupskaj 99A
    10 persons
  • Penal colony No. 17
    213004, Škloŭ, vulica 1-ja Zavodskaja 8
    8 persons
  • Penal colony No. 9
    213410, Horki, vulica Dabraliubava 16
    1 person
  • Penal colony No. 2
    213800, Babrujsk, vulica Sikorskaha 1
    4 persons
  • Pre-trial detention center No. 2
    210026, Viciebsk, vulica Haharyna 2
    5 persons
  • Penal colony No. 1
    211440, Navapolack, vulica Techničnaya 8
    5 persons
  • Open correctional facility No. 49
    213010, Škloŭ, vulica Maladziožnaja 2B
    2 persons
  • Penal colony No. 3
    211322, Viciebsk region, Vićba
    4 persons
  • Penal colony No. 15
    213105, Mahilioŭ, Viejna, Slaŭharadskaja šaša 183
    7 persons
  • Open correctional facility No. 39
    222002, Krupki district, Krupki-2
    2 persons
  • Open correctional facility No. 26
    231724, Hrodna district, village Hinovičy, 1
    1 person
  • Open correctional facility No. 46
    213188, Kruhlaje, vulica Savieckaja, 96
    1 person
  • House arrest
    3 persons
  • Temporary detention center
    220089, Minsk, 1-y zavulak Akrescina 36
    1 person
  • Penal colony No. 13
    211791, Hlubokaje, Saveckaja 205
    3 persons
  • Open correctional facility No. 29
    230415, Vaŭkavysk, vulica Rakasouskaha 118
    2 persons
  • Open correctional facility No. 48
    213765, Asipovičy, vulica Sumchanki 38
    2 persons
  • Open correctional facility No. 43
    212003, Mahilioŭ, vulica Čaliuskincaŭ 76a
    3 persons
  • Penal colony No. 4
    246035, Gomel, vulica Антошкина 3
    2 persons
  • Penal colony No. 22
    225295, Brest region, Ivacevičy, station Damanava, PO Box 20
    5 persons
  • Open correctional facility No. 7
    225136, Pružany district, Kuplina
    2 persons
  • Center for Isolation
    247350, Buda-Kašaliova, vulica Pijanierskaja 2, temporary detention facility
    1 person
  • Open correctional facility No. 17
    Homeil, vul. Barysenka, 13, building 2
    3 persons
  • Open correctional facility No. 9
    210034, Vitebsk, street 3rd Chepinskaya, 39
    2 persons
  • Open correctional facility No. 45
    225073, Brest region, Kamenetsky district, Sushki
    2 persons
  • Open correctional facility No. 6
    225889, Brest region, Kobrin district, Lushchyky
    1 person
  • Scientific And Practical Center For Mental Health
    220053, Minsk, Daŭhinaŭski trakt 152
    1 person
  • Open correctional facility No. 21
    1 person
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