Art. 368 of the Criminal Code - Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus
Sentence: 2 years
Penalty: restricted freedom under home confinement ("domashnyaya khimiya")
Judge: Yuliyana Shcherba
Viachaslau Kulba is a resident of Baranavičy convicted of insulting the president.
On May 31, Judge Yuliyana Shcherba of the Baranavičy District and City Court sentenced 47-year-old Viachaslau Kulba to two years of restricted freedom (home confinement) on charges of publicly insulting the president (Part 1 of Article 368 of the Criminal Code). The trial lasted one hour.
According to the indictment, on November 20, 2020, Kulba “intentionally, with the aim of publicly insulting incumbent President A.R. Lukashenka, being aware of the humiliating nature of his statement, hoping that in the future the post would be accessible to an indefinite number of people, in the book of comments and suggestions of a gas station, made an entry containing insulting information. “No complaints. I don’t understand the staff of your gas station, which supports the regime of usurper Lukashenka,” the message read.