journalist of the online media outlet “Pieršy Rehijon”, sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison
Date of birth: 22 June
Date of detention: 22 December 2020
Art. 368 of the Criminal Code - Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus
Sentence: 1 1/2 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Prison sentence start date: 2 August 2021
Judge: Henadz Kudlasevich
Prosecutor: Siarhei Zhukovich
Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 6
Siarhei Hardziyevich is a journalist of the online media outlet “Pieršy Rehijon”. He was detained by riot police on December 22, 2020.
His apartment in Brest was later searched, and he was detained as a suspect in a criminal case under Art. 368 of the Criminal Code (insulting the president). The charge stems from a repost of a Viber message.
On December 25, 2021, Siarhei Hardziyevich was placed under house arrest.
In early May, Hardziyevich was released from pre-trial detention, but remained under travel restrictions.
On August 2, the Ivanava District Court sentenced the journalist to 18 months in a general-security penal colony.