Valiantsin Tseranevich

trade union activist, sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment

Prisoner

Date of birth: 13 February 1975

Date of detention: 20 September 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 361-1 of the Criminal Code — Creation of an extremist formation, or participation in it
Art. 356 of the Criminal Code — High treason

Sentence: 12 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony

Judge: Aliaksandr Piskunou

Prison: Penal colony No. 1

Godparent: Laurence Fehlmann Rielle, member of Swiss National Council and of Commission for Legal Affairs

Valiantsin Tseranevich is an foreman assistant at the Khimvolokno factory and the deputy chairman of the Belarusian Independent Trade union at Grodno Azot, a major Belarusian nitrogen compounds and fertilizers producer.

He was arrested on September 20, 2021, as a defendant in a criminal investigation into 'high treason' (Article 356 of the Criminal Code) involving several employees of the Belarusian factories who supported local strikes in 2020 and were members of the Rabochy Rukh labor rights group. On September 21, 2021, that initiative was labeled as an "extremist" one, which entailed arrests of workers across the country. Besides, Valiantsin Tseranevich was charged under Part 3 of Article 361-1 of the Criminal Code ('Creation of an extremist formation and participation in it').

He was placed in the KGB remand prison in Minsk. In December 2021, he was transferred to remand prison #3 in Homieĺ.

On November 9, 2022, the Homieĺ Regional Court began the trial of the Rabochy Rukh case involving ten political prisoners. On the second day of the trial, all the defendants refused to admit their guilt in high treason and the creation of an extremist formation. All the defendants refused to testify at the trial. From December 27, the trial was held behind closed doors until the verdict was passed, although, before that, it had been held in open mode.

On February 17, 2023, the court delivered the verdict. Judge Aliaksandr Piskunou found Valiantsin Tseranevich guilty under the above articles and sentenced him to 12 years of imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony.

Rabochy rukh group members receive 11 to 15 year in jail for high treason and creating extremist group

The Homieĺ Regional court pronounced the verdict to the members of Rabochy rukh (Workers' Movement) group accused of high treason and creating and participating in an extremist organization.

 

Mail address: Penal colony No. 1. 211440, Navapolack, vulica Techničnaya 8

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