Vitaliya Bandarenka

sentenced to 4 years in prison


Date of birth: 5 June 2002

Date of detention: 1 March 2021

Charges indicted:

Part 2 of Art. 293 of the Criminal Code — Participation in riots

Sentence: 4 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Andrei Hrushko

Prosecutor: Aliaksandr Batsiushka, Andrei Manko

Prison: Penal colony No. 4

Godparent: Gabriele Bischoff, member of the European Parliament

Vitaliya Bandarenka is a resident of Brest convicted of participation in mass riots (Part 2 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code). The charge stems from the events of August 10, 2020, in Brest.

Bandarenka was to be tried in mid-February 2021, together with nine other people involved in the case, but she went abroad before the trial. Shortly before the verdict was announced, on February 27, she returned to Belarus, and on March 1, she was arrested again. Bandarenka was remanded in remand prison #7 in Brest.

On May 21, 2021, Judge Andrei Hrushko of the Lieninski District Court of Brest sentenced Bandarenka to 4 years in a general-security penal colony.

Vitaliya Bandarenka is serving her sentence in women's penal colony #4 in Homieĺ. In August 2022, she got married there.

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

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