Viktar Tsarykevich

sentenced to 1 year in prison

Date of birth: 3 March 1982

Date of detention: 11 November 2020

Charges indicted:

Part 2 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code - Hooliganism committed by a group of persons
Art. 369 of the Criminal Code - Insulting a government official
Part 1 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code - Hooliganism

Sentence: 1 year

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Vital Sinila

Prison: Penal colony No. 3

Viktar Tsarykevich is a resident of Masty convicted of hooliganism (Parts 1 and 2 of Art. 339) and insulting a government official (Art. 369 of the Criminal Code).

According to the case file, Tsarykevich posted an "indecent and humiliating comment" in a Telegram chat in August last year under a photo of the chairman of the Masty district executive committee Yury Valiavaty. His actions were qualified under Art. 369 of the Criminal Code (public insult of a government official) of the Criminal Code. The article does not provide for imprisonment.

Also, according to the indictment, Viktar Tsarykevich held a series of actions in September-October 2020, which, according to the prosecutor's office, were marked by "exceptional cynicism". In particular, Tsarykevich painted several white-red-white lines on the road near three villages in the Masty district. He then hang effigies in police uniforms at bus stop shelters.

In a forest outside the town, he allegedly painted white-red-white flags on 33 trees. He also placed plaques resembling tombstones "with inscriptions showing contempt for state order" in the field and placed nearby a coffin with a police effigy.

These actions were qualified under Part 1 and Part 2 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism and malicious hooliganism).

On January 27, Judge Vital Sinila of the Masty District Court sentenced Tsarykevich to one year in a penal colony.

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

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