sentenced to 3 1/2 years of imprisonment
Date of birth: 19 July 1983
Date of detention: 7 October 2021
Art. 370 of the Criminal Code — Desecration of state symbols
Art. 369 of the Criminal Code — Insulting a government official
Art. 361-4 of the Criminal Code — Promoting extremist activities
Sentence: 3 1/2 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Judge: Ihar Vauchok
Prison: Penal colony No. 17
Ruslan Kuzmich, was detained on October 7, 2021, and charged under Part 1 of Article 361-4 CC (facilitating extremist activities) for publishing a commentary on a Telegram channel.
In January 2022 Ruslan was sentenced to three years in a general-security penal colony.
On August 2, 2022, another trial was held against Kuzmich for ‘insulting a government official’ and ‘desecrating state symbols’. (Articles 369 and 370 of the Criminal Code). Judge Ihar Vauchok sentenced the political prisoner to another six months of imprisonment, thus making his total punishment 3.5 years of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony.