copywriter, sentenced to 4 years in prison
Date of birth: 22 July 1982
Date of detention: 6 December 2020
Art. 341 of the Criminal Code — Desecration of structures and damage to property
Part 1 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code — Hooliganism
Sentence: 4 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Judge: Alena Novikava
Prosecutor: Krystsina Kasinskaya
Prison: Penal colony No. 3
Viktar Losik was detained on December 6, 2020, in the village of Chaciežyna, Minsk district.
He was accused of hanging on a local bridge effigies of the Minister of Internal Affairs and chairperson of the precinct election commission. The effigies had signs reading “Never Forget! Never Forgive!”. Losik was also accused of spray-painting the Belarusian national coat-of-arms Pahonia on the bridge and on several local buildings. He was charged under Part 1 of Art. 339 (hooliganism) and Art. 341 of the Criminal Code (desecration of buildings and damage to property) and remanded in the pre-trial detention center in Žodzina.
On April 19, 2021, Judge Katsiaryna Novikava of the Minsk District Court sentenced Viktar Losik to four years in a general-security penal colony, finding him guilty under Art. 339 and 341 of the Criminal Code.