Viktar Shaura

sentenced to 2 years in prison

Date of birth: 4 June 1997

Date of detention: 10 August 2020

Charges indicted:

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

Sentence: 2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a maximum-security penal colony

Prison sentence start date: 14 July 2021

Date of release: 4 December 2023

Judge: Vital Lapko, Aliaksandr Kirylovich

Godparent: Carina Konrad, member of the German Bundestag

Viktar Shaura was detained in Navapolack on the evening of August 10, 2020. On August 13, his mother received a phone call from an investigator in Viciebsk who said that her son had been charged under Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code, "participation in riots."

Viktar Shaura's apartment was searched.

He was remanded in SIZO-2 in Viciebsk.

On December 15, Shaura was released from pre-trial detention.

On January 21, 2021, Judge Vital Lapko of the Navapolack City Court sentenced Viktar Shaura, together with another defendant in the trial Vital Shytsikau, to 2 years of imprisonment in an open-type penal facility (so-called "khimiya") under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (organization or active participation in group actions that grossly violated public order).

According ot the prosecution, "Viktar Shaura, together with Vital Shytsikau and other unidentified persons, on the evening of August 10, took an active part in group actions that grossly violated public order <...> together with others, they moved along the roadway of Maladziožnaja Street in Navapolack, walking in front of a group of citizens, on a red traffic light, they blocked traffic, loudly shouted “Long Live Belarus!”, “Disgrace!, “Go Away!”, applauded, spoke obscenely towards representatives of law enforcement agencies”.

In late April, the convict was re-arrested and sent to serve his sentence in open penitentiary No. 21 in Mazyr.

In early June, Shaura was temporarily released to await a new consideraiton of his case.

On June 22, 2021, the initial sentence was increased to two years in a penal colony. In July, Shaura began serving his new sentence.

According to human rights defenders, he was scheduled to be released from prison on December 4, 2023.

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