Valiantsin Stefanovich

member of Viasna Board, FIDH vice-president

Date of birth: 14 October 1972

Date of detention: 14 July 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Art. 243 of the Criminal Code — Evasion of taxes and fees

Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 1

Godparent: Anton Hofreiter, Chair of the Bündnis 90/DieGrünen parliamentary group in the German Bundestag

Valiantsin Stefanovich is a member of Viasna Board, vice-president of International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).

The law enforcers came to Valiantsin's apartment in the morning of July 14, 2021. They seized all the equipment. Valiantsin Stefanovich was taken for interrogation.

The search was carried out by officers of the Financial Investigations Department. The search warrant listed two articles of the Criminal Code: part 1 and 2 of Article 342 (organizing and participating in actions that grossly disrupting public order) and part 2 of Article 243 (tax evasion).

Stefanovich was eventually remanded in custody to await trial in a pre-trial detention prison in Minsk.

“Criminal prosecution of Viasna members is not related to their work,” authorities responded to the UN request

The website of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has published the official response of the Belarusian government to the request of four Special Rapporteurs on the search and detention of human rights defenders, NGO representatives, and independent media, which took place in July 2021.

Mail address: Pre-trial detention center No. 1. 220030, Minsk, vulica Valadarskaha 2

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