Viachaslau Kobryn

sentenced to 1 1/2 years of imprisonment


Date of birth: 30 December 1964

Date of detention: 24 March 2023

Charges indicted:

Art. 369 of the Criminal Code — Insulting a government official
Art. 368 of the Criminal Code — Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus

Sentence: 1 1/2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Maryna Skalkovich

Prosecutor: Pavel Krupenich

Viachaslau Kobryn is 58 years old, married, fond of fishing. He was convicted under Part 1 of Article 368 ('Contempt of the President of Belarus') and Article 369 ('Contempt of a public official') of the Criminal Code.

On March 24, 2023, in the Maskoŭski District Court of Brest, Judge Maryna Skalkovich sentenced Viachaslau Kobryn to 18 months of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony and a fine of 3,700 Belarusian rubles (approx. $ 1,268).

The verdict became known from a news report on a state-owned TV channel. In the video, Prosecutor Pavel Kurpenich said that Viachaslau Kobryn had been kept in custody before the trial and had fully admitted his guilt during the trial.

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