Date of detention: 31 August 2021
Art. 342 of the Criminal Code - Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 1
Viktar Fianchuk is former director of Achova ptušak Baćkaŭščyny (APB BirdLife Belarus), a nation-wide NGO working to protect birdlife.
Fianchuk was detained after a search in the organization's Minsk office on August 31, 2021. He was sentenced to 12 days of administrative imprisonment for allegedly "resisting police officers."
However, after serving the term, he was not released, but was arrested as part of a criminal case of "group actions that grossly violate public order" (Article 342 of the Criminal Code).