blogger, author of the YouTube channel "Country for Living"
Date of birth: 18 Aug 1978
Date of detention: 29 May 2020
Part 1 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code - Organization of riots
Art. 342 of the Criminal Code - Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Art. 191 of the Criminal Code - Obstruction of the exercise of electoral rights
Art. 130 of the Criminal Code - Incitement to hatred
Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 8
Siarhei Tsikhanouski is a vlogger, author of the YouTube channel "Country for Living". He was detained on May 29 during a picket organized in Hrodna to collect signatures for the nomination of his wife Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. As a result of a series of provocative actions, Tsikhanouski and several other campaign activists were arrested by riot police.
On June 8, Siarhei Tsikhanouski, along with six other detainees, was charged under Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (disturbing public order). He later faced an additional charge under Article 191 of the Criminal Code (obstructing elections).
In late November, Tsikhanouski faced a new charge after six months of his pre-trial detention expired on November 28. The vlogger is accused of “incitement of racial, national, religious or other social enmity or hatred committed by a group of persons or, through negligence, which entailed the death of a person or other grave consequences”.
On March 11, 2021, the Investigative Committee said that it had completed the criminal investigation against Siarhei Tsikhanouski.
As a result, Tsikhanouski faced final charges under four articles of the Criminal Code:
Part 1 of Art. 293 (organization of mass riots);
Part 3 of Art. 130 (incitement to social hostility);
Part 2 of Art. 191 (obstruction of the CEC);
Part 1 of Article 342 (organization of actions that grossly violate public order).
The most severe article is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.