blogger, author of the YouTube channel "Sluck for Living", sentenced to 3 years in prison
Date of birth: 24 May 1980
Date of detention: 8 May 2020
Art. 342 of the Criminal Code - Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Art. 369 of the Criminal Code - Insulting a government official
Sentence: 3 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Judge: Aliaksandr Rybakou
Prosecutor: Aliaksandr Liaukovich
Prison: Penal colony No. 15
Uladzimir Niaronski is a blogger based in Sluck, author of the YouTube channel "Sluck for Living".
Since May 8, he has been serving 40 days of administrative detention on illegal protesting charges. It is unknown when and where his trials took place. On June 17, it became known that Uladzimir Niaronski had been placed in pre-trial prison No. 1 in Minsk. A criminal case was opened against him under two articles of the Criminal Code: Part 1 of Art. 342 (organization and preparation for actions that grossly violate public order) - for the election picket on May 29 in Hrodna, and Art. 369 (insulting a government official) - for allegedly insulting the chairman of the Sluck district executive committee on his YouTube channel.
On February 2, 2021, Judge Aliaksandr Rybakou of the Lahojsk District Court sentenced Uladzimir Niaronski to a three-year imprisonment in a general-security penal colony, finding him guilty of calling to breach public order (Part 1 of Art 342 of the Criminal Code) and publicly insulting a government official (Art. 369).
The court concluded that the blogger used his YouTube channel to incite unrest, acting in conspiracy with blogger Siarhei Tsikhanouski and politician Mikalai Statkevich.
On April 6, the Minsk Regional Court turned down Niaronski's appeal and the sentence became final.