sentenced to 2 1/2 years of imprisonment
Date of birth: 26 January 1997
Date of detention: 5 August 2022
Art. 361-4 of the Criminal Code — Promoting extremist activities
Sentence: 2 1/2 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Prison sentence start date: 3 March 2023
Judge: Ihar Ziamtsou
Prison: Penal colony No. 1
Viktar Dzibrou was detained in early August 2022 for a comment in which he allegedly insulted Aliaksandar Lukashenka. A criminal case under Article 368 of the Criminal Code (‘insult to the president’) was brought against him.
On November 29, 2022, the Mahilioŭ Regional Court considered the case in a closed-door trial. Dzibrou was eventually tried under Art. 361-4 of the Criminal Code for “promoting extremist activities”, according to human rights defenders. On December 2, Judge Ihar Ziamtsou sentenced him to two and a half years of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony.