Vital Ryzhanski


Date of birth: 7 October 1987

Date of detention: 13 October 2022

Charges indicted:

Art. 367 of the Criminal Code β€” Slander against the President of the Republic of Belarus

Sentence: 2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Prison sentence start date: 30 March 2023

Judge: Yuliya Viarshynina

Prison: Penal colony No. 2

Vital Ryzhanski is a 35-year-old heavy rock fan from Orša, Viciebsk region. The Orša District and City Court convicted him under Part 1 of Article 367 of the Criminal Code ('Defamation of the President of Belarus').

At first, he was also accused of 'contempt of a public official' under Article 369 and 'defamation of the President of Belarus' under Article 368 of the Criminal Code.

Vital Ryzhanski was arrested on October 13, 2022, and placed in the remand prison in Viciebsk.

His trial began on January 10, 2023, and was held behind closed doors by Judge Yuliya Viarshynina.

On March 17, 2023, Ryzhanski was included in the 'List of Belarusian citizens, foreign citizens, and stateless persons involved in extremist activities'.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 2. 213800, Babrujsk, vulica Sikorskaha 1

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