Date of birth: 28 December
Date of detention: 20 February 2021
Art. 369 of the Criminal Code - Insulting a government official
Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 1
Ruslan Linnik is a YouTube blogger known for his videos on socially significant and political topics posted since early 2020. As of February 2021, his channel has more than 90,000 subscribers.
Ruslan Linnik was detained on February 20 in Viciebsk, then he was taken to a detention center in Minsk, and a few days later transferred to pre-trial detention center No. 1. He was charged under Art. 369 of the Criminal Code (insulting a government official).
According to the investigators, he posted a video with insulting statements targeting police officers. The Interior Ministry said that Linnik had been in hiding for a long time.