Uladzimir Niapomniashchykh

opposition activist, sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison

Date of birth: 1 September 1952

Date of detention: 23 December 2020

Charges indicted:

Art. 369 of the Criminal Code — Insulting a government official
Art. 366 of the Criminal Code — Violence or threat against an official performing official duties or another person performing a public duty

Sentence: 2 1/2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Date of release: 31 March 2023

Judge: Aliaksandr Mokharau

Uladzimir Niapomniashchykh is a veteran opposition activist based in Homieĺ.

He was aarrested and charged with public insult to a prosecutor (Article 369 of the Criminal Code).

The 68-year-old activist is accused of insulting Assistant Prosecutor Alesia Zhurauskaya during the trial of Heorhi Vasilenka. After the verdict was announced on November 26, 2020, Niapomniashchykh reportedly said, "Organized criminal group." Uladzimir Niapomniaszych pleads not guilty, stressing that the phrase was related to the announced criminal verdict.

On April 7, 2021, Judge Aliaksandr Mokharau of the Saviecki District Court of Homieĺ sentenced Uladzimir Niapomniashchykh to two years and six months in a general-security penal colony.

On June 9, the Homieĺ Regional Court upheld the verdict.

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