Uladzimir Saviankou

sentenced to 16 years of imprisonment


Date of birth: 21 January 1977

Date of detention: 2 December 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 289 of the Criminal Code — An act of terrorism

Sentence: 16 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony

Judge: Siarhei Khrypach

On the list of “terrorists” (money transfers are prohibited)

Uladzimir Saviankou was a local deputy in the agricultural town of Kalodziščy (Minsk region), in 2014. According to available information, he is a former  riot police commander

He was arrested for an attempted attack on a police station in Minsk on August 16, 2021, along with at least four more persons.

According to the indictment, from July 14, 2020, to January 6, 2022, "an organized criminal group was created and operated on the territory of Belarus, Turkey, Poland, Ukraine, and other states, with the main purpose to commit an unspecified number of extremism-oriented crimes. The crimes were to be carried out by persons who are radically inclined towards the current government, including former military personnel, law enforcement officers, primarily those from the special forces units, hand-to-hand combat athletes, businessmen, and others who shared the views of the seizure of state power by unconstitutional means".

On June 21, 2023, the Minsk City Court announced the verdict. There were 18 defendants in the case, 15 of whom were in custody, and three were convicted in absentia. The trial lasted for four and a half months. Judge Siarhei Khrypach sentenced Uladzimir Saviankou to 16 years of imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony, with the first five years to be served in prison and deprivation of military rank.

17 more political prisoners were convicted in the case: Vadzim PrakopyeuIhar Chamiakin, Dzianis Khamitsevich, Siarhei Lisouski, Piotr Yurkevich, Pavel Chykhinski, Dzianis Filonchyk, Vital Vaitsiakhovich, Anastasiya Vaitsiakhovich, Volha Vaitsiakhovich, Uladzislau Vaitsiakhovich, Dzmitryi Neviarkevich, Volha Piatukh, Mikalai RoiSiarhei Sakalou, Eduard Piastrak, and Aliaksei Mikhailau.

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