Vital Yenarovich

Sentenced to two years of imprisonment in penal colony

Former prisoner

Date of birth: 18 December 1985

Date of detention: 21 March 2022

Charges indicted:

Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Art. 130 of the Criminal Code — Incitement to hatred

Sentence: 2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Date of release: 12 November 2023

Judge: Vera Halaukova

On the list of “terrorists” (money transfers are prohibited)

A 'repentant' video with Vital Yenarovich was posted by the pro-government Telegram channels on March 21, 2022. He was reported to have participated in the 2020 protests and post offensive comments about police officers and Belarusian and Russian military men.

Human rights defenders had no information Yenarovich. His former cellmate described him as an Akrescina detainee who was serving his fifth or sixth administrative arrest in a row, without going out, wearing winter clothes and boots in June, without a haircut throughout all that time, however, keeping up the good spirits.

His another cellmate said that on June 11-12, Yenarovich was transferred to the pretrial detention center under criminal cherges. Until that time, he had been kept in the Akrescina detention center for about two and a half months.

In late June, Yenarovich was transferred to remand prison #1. His former cellmate said that at first Yenarovich was accused of participating in one of the protest marches, but before his case was closed he was charged under Part 1 of Art. 130 of the Criminal Code for the comments he posted on the Internet in August 2020.

On December 12, 2022, the Minsk City Court considered the criminal case under Part 1 of Art. 130 ('Inciting other social hatred and enmity') and Part 1 of Art. 342 ('Active participation in actions that grossly violate public order') of the Criminal Code. The judge Vera Halaukova sentenced Yenarovich to two years of imprisonment in a penal colony.

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