Siarhei Kanavalau

Belarusian Railways employee

Date of birth: 27 March 1972

Date of detention: 6 March 2022

Charges indicted:

Art. 130 of the Criminal Code — Incitement to hatred
Art. 289 of the Criminal Code — An act of terrorism

Sentence: 15 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony

Judge: Yauhen Burunou

Prison: Penal colony No. 22

Godparent: Ronan Dantec, Member of the French Senate

On the list of “terrorists” (money transfers are prohibited)
Siarhei Kanavalau

Siarhei Kanavalau is an employee of the Viciebsk branch of Belarusian Railways. He was arrested on March 6 by the officers of the Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption (GUBOPiK) and riot police (OMON) for “preparing an act of terrorism”. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the man planned to disable the systems that ensure the safety of railway traffic.

On 16 September 2022, the Viciebsk Regional Court pronounced a verdict and sentenced the prisoner to fifteen years of imprisonment and a fine of 9,600 Belarusian roubles ($3,800).

Mail address: Penal colony No. 22. 225295, Brest region, Ivacevičy, station Damanava, PO Box 20

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