sentenced to 3 years in prison
Date of birth: 17 May 1990
Date of detention: 15 November 2020
Art. 363 of the Criminal Code - Resistance to a police officer or other person guarding public order
Sentence: 3 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Judge: Alesia Seradzenka
Prosecutor: Aliaksei Charnyshevich
Prison: Penal colony No. 3
Ruslan Akostka is a resident of Salihorsk known for walking across the city with a white-red-white flag on November 15. By doing this, he honored the memory of the murdered protester Raman Bandarenka. He was eventually detained by police and placed in a remand prison.
Before his arrest, Akostka worked at the Belaruskali potash producing company.
On November 16, the Salihorsk District Court sentenced him to 15 days of administrative detention for participating in an unauthorized mass event.
However, Ruslan was never released. Instead, he faced criminal charges for resisting a police officer (Article 363 of the Criminal Code). Akostka allegedly inflicted bodily injuries that did not cause serious consequences or damage to the officer's health.
The trial was held behind closed doors. The defendant pleaded not guilty.
On February 4, 2021, Judge Alesia Seradzenka of the Salihorsk District Court sentenced Akostka to three years of imprisonment in a penal colony. The convict is also expected to pay 2,000 rubles in damages.
On April 26, the sentence was upheld by a court of appeal.