sentenced to 14 months in prison
Date of birth: 6 December 1976
Date of detention: 20 December 2020
Art. 369 of the Criminal Code - Insulting a government official
Art. 368 of the Criminal Code - Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus
Sentence: 14 months
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Prison: Penal colony No. 8
Uladzimir Mikhalka is a resident of Rečyca convicted on defamation charges.
He was detained late December 2020.
According to the Investigative Committee, back on September 1, 2020, Uladzimir Mikhalka, during the administrative proceedings against him, on the street, in the district hospital, in the building of the police department and in other public places in the presence of other citizens repeatedly insulted the President of the Republic of Belarus. According to investigators, Mikhalka was intoxicated at the time.
The case under Part 1 of Article 368 of the Criminal Code, however, was only opened on November 17.
On March 10, 2021, the Rečyca District Court sentenced Uladzimir Mikhalka to 14 months in a general-security penal colony. Mikhalka was found guilty of crimes under Art. 368 of the Criminal Code, public insult to the President of the Republic of Belarus, and Art. 369 of the Criminal Code, public insult of a government official in connection with the performance of their duties.