Siarhei Kushnarou

sentenced to 3 years of imprisonment


Date of birth: 31 December 1965

Date of detention: 2 February 2023

Charges indicted:

Art. 369 of the Criminal Code — Insulting a government official
Art. 368 of the Criminal Code — Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus
art. 188 of the Criminal Code — Defamation
Art. 367 of the Criminal Code — Slander against the President of the Republic of Belarus

Sentence: 3 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Aleh Kharoshka

Prison: Penal colony No. 22

Siarhei Kushnarou is 57 years old. He was charged with public insult and slander against Lukashenka (under Part 1 of Article 368 and Part 1 of Article 367), as well as contempt of other public officials (Articles 188 and 369 of the Criminal Code).

In early February 2023, the Rahačoŭ District Court sentenced Siarhei Kushnarou to three years of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony and 100 base fines (3,700 Belarusian rubles, or approx. $ 1,268).

On March 15, 2023, the Homieĺ Regional Court was to consider the appeal filed by Siarhei Kushnarou against the above verdict.

On March 31, 2023, Kushnarou was included in the 'List of Belarusian citizens, foreign citizens, and stateless persons involved in extremist activities'.

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

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