Valery Kalenchyts

plumber, sentenced to 3 years of restricted freedom

Former prisoner

Date of birth: 25 June 1995

Date of detention: 16 October 2020

Charges indicted:

Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them

Sentence: 3 years

Penalty: restricted freedom in an open penal facility ("khimiya")

Prison sentence start date: 3 June 2021

Date of release: 17 November 2023

Judge: Alena Zhyvitsa

Valery Kalenchyts

Valery Kalenchyts is a plumber from Minsk. He was arrested on October 16, 2020 and charged under Part 1 of Article 342 of the Criminal Code.

The political prisoner was accused of deliberately obstructing public transport, acting in a group of people on August 10 and having planned his actions in advance.

On January 22, 2021, Judge Alena Zhyvitsa of the Kastryčnicki District Court of Minsk sentenced Valery Kalenchyts to 3 years of restricted freedom in an open-type penal facility (so-called “khimiya”). The convict was released in the courtroom to await appeal hearing.

On June 3, the convict started serving the sentence in penitentiary No. 9.

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