philosopher, methodologist, sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment
Date of birth: 14 May 1956
Date of detention: 4 August 2021
Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Art. 368 of the Criminal Code — Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus
Art. 361-1 of the Criminal Code — Creation of an extremist formation, or participation in it
Sentence: 5 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony
Judge: Siarhei Yepikhau
Prison: Penal colony No. 17
Godparent: Luise Amtsberg, member of the Bundestag
Uladzimir Matskevich is a philosopher, methodologist and public figure, a co-founder of the Flying University.
He was detained on August 4, 2021 after his apartment was searched as part of a criminal investigation.
On August 18, Matskevich was charged with "organizing actions that grossly violate public order" (Art. 342 of the Criminal Code).
From Vladimir's statement on ending the hunger strike, it became known that he was also charged with "creating an extremist formation" (Part 1 of Art. 361-1).
On June 23, the Minsk Regional Court sentenced Uladzimir Matskevich to five years of imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony. The case was considered by Judge Siarhei Yepikhau, notorious for convicting Mariya Kalesnikava and Maksim Znak.
“Uladzimir is giving a signal by his hunger strike.” Politically imprisoned philosopher refuses to take food for six days
Political prisoner, philosopher, and methodologist, well-known public and political figure Uladzimir Matskevich has been kept in pre-trial detention center for six months already. On the evening of February 3, he went on a hunger strike, demanding to be released under a restriction of travel order, to complete the investigation, and to set a date for the trial. Relatives of the political prisoner launched a petition in support of Uladzimir. We have asked Sviatlana Matskevich, the ex-wife of the political prisoner, methodologist, and independent expert in the field of education about his hunger strike and the meaning behind it.
On June 23, the Minsk Regional Court sentenced political prisoner, philosopher, and founder of the Flying University Uladzimir Matskevich to five years of imprisonment in medium-security penal colony. The case was considered by Judge Siarhei Yepikhau, notorious for convicting Mariya Kalesnikava and Maksim Znak.