Siarhei Luferenka

sentenced to 3 years of imprisonment


Date of birth: 31 August 1972

Date of detention: 17 March 2022

Charges indicted:

Art. 370 of the Criminal Code — Desecration of state symbols
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. 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: Ruslan Huryn

Prison: Penal colony No. 3

Siarhei Luferenka, an electrician, was arrested allegedly for posting "extremist" materials and insulting Lukashenka and officials on social networks, and having registered in the Pieramoha plan promoted by BYPOl. According to law enforcers, he faced charges under Article 361-1 of the Criminal Code of Belarus ('Creation of an extremist formation or participation in it'). The man was taken into custody.

On June 2, 2022, in the Lieninski District Court of Hrodna, Judge Ruslan Huryn convicted Luferenka under five articles of the Criminal Code:

  • Part 2 of Article 367 ('Defamation against the president of Belarus')
  • Article 370 ('Desecration of the state symbols')
  • Part 1 of  Article 367 ('Defamation against the president of Belarus')
  • Part 1 of Article 368 ('Contempt of the president of Belarus')
  • Article 369 ('Contempt of a public official')

Luferenka is serving his sentence in penal colony #3 in Vićba, Viciebsk region.

He was included in the 'List of Belarusian citizens, foreign citizens, and stateless persons involved in extremist activities'.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 3. 211322, Viciebsk region, Vićba

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