Pavel Mankinenka

programmer, sentenced to 4 years in prison

Date of birth: 9 March 1995

Date of detention: 12 September 2020

Charges indicted:

Art. 364 of the Criminal Code - Violence or threat of violence against an employee of the internal affairs bodies

Sentence: 4 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Andrei Mlechka

Prison: Penal colony No. 15

Pavel Mankinenka is a 25-year-old software engineer from Minsk.

He was accused of "resisting police officers Yury Chyrkou and Valiantsin Kazlouski while guarding public order during an unauthorized mass event" at about 8 pm on September 5 in an underground passage of the Puškinskaja metro. Pavel allegedly sprayed pepper gas twice, which “caused chemical burns to the victims, and beat them with an unidentified object, pushed, tried to escape, and, while rolling down the flight of stairs, inflicted at least 8 hemorrhages in the knee, ear, shoulder, hand and forearm of the victims, by which committed a crime under Article 364 of the Criminal Code."

The Minsk resident pleaded guilty. In court, he explained that he went to the grassroots memorial to killed protester Aliaksandr Taraikouski to express his disagreement with the acts of violence against his fellow citizens in August.

Mankinenka was detained a week later and sentenced to a short term of administrative detention for displaying a white-red-white flag during the protest. He also faced criminal charges.

On November 18, Judge Andrei Mlechka of the Frunzienski District Court of Misnk sentenced Pavel Mankinenka to four years in prison.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 15. 213105, Mahilioŭ, Viejna, Slaŭharadskaja šaša 183

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