Viktoryia Mirontsava

sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison

Date of birth: 21 November 1994

Date of detention: 15 October 2020

Charges indicted:

Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Art. 364 of the Criminal Code — Violence or threat of violence against an employee of the internal affairs bodies
Art. 363 of the Criminal Code — Resistance to a police officer or other person guarding public order

Sentence: 2 1/2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Aliaksandr Volk

Prison: Penal colony No. 4

Viktoryia Mirontsava was detained on October 15, 2020, as part of a criminal case under Part 1 of Article 342 of the Criminal Code (active participation in group actions which gravely breach public order).

Viktoryia's sister Anastasiya was also detained as part of the case.

Viktoryia, 26, and Anastasiya, 24, were accused of joining a protest held in central Minsk on August 10. They reportedly shouted slogans and clapped their hands, while refusing to leave the street.

According to the investigation, these actions led to a “prolonged disturbance of public peace,” obstruction of public and other transport, and interfered with the regular operation of the Minsktrans city transport operator, which requested 21,831 rubles in damages.

The same day, the girls allegedly resisted arrest. In particular, Viktoryia physically resisted detention, including by breaking the lock applied by a riot police officer.

On April 1, 2021, Judge Aliaksandr Volk of the Saviecki District Court of Minsk sentenced Viktoryia Mirontsava to two and a half years in a general-security penal colony, finding her guilty of “breaching public order” (Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code) and “using violence against police officers” (Part 1 of Art. 363).

Mail address: Penal colony No. 4. 246035, Homieĺ, vulica Antoshkina 3

Addresses of prisons:

What should I know and how to help?

✉️ Write a letter. Make a scan of your letter or postcard and share it online

🤝 Please use the Russian (or Belarusian) name of the prison

💡 Foreign-language messages may be blocked, so attach a translation (e.g.

💡 More tips here