administrator of the Telegram channel "Drivers 97", sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison
Date of birth: 26 February 1982
Date of detention: 4 November 2020
Art. 342 of the Criminal Code - Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Sentence: 2 1/2 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Judge: Zhanna Khvainitskaya
Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 8
Viktoryia Kulsha is an occupational safety engineer in Minsk.
She was an administrator of the Telegram channel and chat "Drivers 97", for which she was detained on November 4, 2020 by GUBAZIK officers. The woman was placed in pre-trial detention in Minsk.
Initially, she was charged under Art. 361 of the Criminal Code (calls for actions aimed at harming the national security of the Republic of Belarus). In February 2021, it became known that the charge was reclassified to Part 1 and Part 2 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (organization and preparation of actions grossly violating public order).
On June 4, 2021, Judge Zhanna Khvainitskaya of the Zavodski District Court of Minsk sentenced Kulsha to two years and six months in a general-security penal colony.