Vadzim Hovin

sentenced to 1 1/2 years of imprisonment


Date of birth: 15 January 1988

Date of detention: 1 April 2023

Charges indicted:

Art. 368 of the Criminal Code β€” Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus

Sentence: 1 1/2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Natallia Minchanka

Vadzim Hovin has specialized secondary education and works as a welder. He was accused of posting a disrespectful comment about Lukashenka on a social network, in which he accused Lukashenka of committing a crime against humanity and an act of terrorism. Vadzim Hovin was remanded in custody pending trial. He fully admitted his guilt and repented of what he had done.

On June 1, 2023, the Biaroza District Court (Brest region) convicted Vadzim Hovin under Part 2 of Article 368 of the Criminal Code ('Contempt of the president of Belarus'). Judge Natallia Minchanka sentenced him to 18 months of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony.

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