Vadzim Hulevich

case of the “Civil Self-Defense Units of Belarus”


Date of birth: 29 October 1987

Date of detention: 28 June 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 295 of the Criminal Code — Unlawful acts against firearms, ammunition and explosives
Art. 289 of the Criminal Code — An act of terrorism
Art. 290-4 of the Criminal Code — Establishing or participating in an organization for the purpose of terrorist activity

Sentence: 18 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony

Judge: Siarhei Yepikhau

Prison: Penal colony No. 3

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

Vadzim Hulevich was sentenced to 18 years of imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony and fined 19,200 Belarusian rubles (approx. $7,600). He was convicted under the following Articles of the Criminal Code of Belarus:

  • part 2 of Article 290-4 (“participation in terrorist organization activity”),
  • part 2 of Article 289 (“act of terrorism”) and part 1 of Article 290-2 (“promoting terrorist activities”),
  • part 1 of Article 13 and Article 290-3 (“preparation for training or other preparation for participation in terrorist activity”), and 
  • part 4 of Article 295 (“unlawful acts with firearms, ammunition, and explosives”).

On October 19, 2022, the Minsk Regional Court began the trial of the case of the "Civil Self-Defense Unit of Belarus", recognized as a terrorist organization in Belarus. Five people were involved in the case: Dzmitryi Sasnouski, Aliaksei Hlotau, Natallia Matsveyeva, Vadzim Hulevich, and Kiryl Ashurak. They were tried under ten articles of the Criminal Code, including terrorism, and charged with three episodes—an attempt to blow up the Russian Navy communications hub in Viliejka (Minsk region), an attempt on the TV propagandist Ryhor Azaronak, and an attempt to destroy logging equipment in forestries.

On December 5, 2022, the verdicts were announced.

On March 10, 2023, Vadzim Hulevich was included in the 'List of Belarusian citizens, foreign citizens, and stateless persons involved in extremist activities".

Since March 28, 2023, he has been serving his sentence in penal colony #3 in Vićba (Viciebsk region).

From November 10 to the end of January he was held in solitary confinement. The reasons for the penalties are unknown.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 3. 211322, Viciebsk region, Vićba

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