Uladzimir Matsiukh

sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison

Date of detention: 13 September 2020

Charges indicted:

Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code — Participation in riots
Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them

Sentence: 3 1/2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony

Judge: Viktoryia Shabunia

Prosecutor: Artsiom Tsviatkou

Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 1

Uladzimir Matsiukh is a resident of Minsk convicted under Part 1 of Art. 14, Part 1 of Art. 342 (preparation for group actions that grossly violate public order) and Part 1 of Art. 13, Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code (preparation for participation in riots). He was sentenced to three years and six months in a medium-security penal colony.

Matsiukh, together with three other political prisoners, Falkin, Barysau and Litvinenka, were detained for taking part in the protests that took place in Minsk on August 9-11, 2020, as well as for preparing for the September 13 rally. According to the case file, the four defendants, having conspired, planned to take part in the protests, determined their route and coordinated actions in case of detention. The accused communicated in a Telegram chat called “H-Hour”. According to the investigation, they also planned an attack on police officers.

None of the accused pleaded guilty.

Litvinenka and Matsiukh said they were beaten by GUBAZIK officers after they were detained on September 13.

Mail address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1. 220030, Minsk, vulica Valadarskaha 2

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