Stefan Lazavik

election observer, sentenced to 1 year in prison

Date of birth: 24 September 1993

Date of detention: 26 November 2020

Charges indicted:

Part 1 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code - Hooliganism

Sentence: 1 year

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Yaskovich

Prison: Penal colony No. 22

Stefan Lazavik was detained by police on September 16, 2020 on suspicion of spray-painting on August 12 protest graffiti reading “He lost and started killing. B…..d, resign!” on a bus stop shelter in Horki. A criminal case was initially opened by the Horki District Prosecutor’s Office under Art. 341 of the Criminal Code. Under pressure from investigators, Lazavik admitted involvement in the vandalism, but when on October 29 he refused to record a video confession, the prosecutor reclassified the charge under Part 1 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism).

On November 26, the Horki District Court sentenced Stefan Lazavik to 1 year in a general-security penal colony. Stefan Lazavik was an observer during the 2020 presidential election and took an active part in the post-election protests.

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

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