Volha Vaitsiakhovich

Prisoner

Date of birth: 12 June 1974

Date of detention: 13 August 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 289 of the Criminal Code — An act of terrorism

Sentence: 11 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Siarhei Khrypach

Prison: Penal colony No. 4

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

Volha Vaitsiakhovich worked as a nail care specialist in Barysaŭ, Minsk region. She was arrested together with her husband, son, and daughter-in-law (see below).

According to the indictment, from July 14, 2020, to January 6, 2022, "an organized criminal group was created and operated on the territory of Belarus, Turkey, Poland, Ukraine, and other states, with the main purpose to commit an unspecified number of extremism-oriented crimes. The crimes were to be carried out by persons who are radically inclined towards the current government, including former military personnel, law enforcement officers, primarily those from the special forces units, hand-to-hand combat athletes, businessmen, and others who shared the views of the seizure of state power by unconstitutional means".

On June 21, 2023, the Minsk City Court announced the verdict. There were 18 defendants in the case, 15 of whom were in custody, and three were convicted in absentia. The trial lasted for four and a half months. Judge Siarhei Khrypach sentenced Volha Vaitsiakhovich to 11 years of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony.

17 more political prisoners were convicted in the case: Vadzim PrakopyeuIhar Chamiakin, Dzianis Khamitsevich, Siarhei Lisouski, Piotr Yurkevich, Pavel Chykhinski, Dzianis Filonchyk, Vital Vaitsiakhovich (father)Uladzislau Vaitsiakhovich (son)Anastasiya Vaitsiakhovich (daughter-in-law), Uladzimir Saviankou, Dzmitryi Neviarkevich, Volha PiatukhMikalai RoiSiarhei Sakalou, Eduard Piastrak, and Aliaksei Mikhailau.

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

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