The Minsk Regional Court sentenced Belarusian oppositionists Maria Kolesnikova and Maxim Znak to 11 and 10 years in prison, respectively. They were found guilty under three articles, as reported on the portal of the human rights center Viasna.
Thus, the court found them guilty under Part 3 of Art. 361 ("Calls for action against national security"), Part 1 of Art. 357 ("Conspiracy to seize state power in an unconstitutional way") and Part 1 of Art. 361-1 ("Creation of an extremist formation and its leadership").
It is reported that Kolesnikova will serve her sentence in a general regime colony, and Znak will serve his sentence in a maximum security penal colony.
As reported earlier, a member of the presidium of the Coordination Council of Belarus Maria Kolesnikova was detained at the Belarusian-Ukrainian border on September 8, 2020. Kolesnikova was detained in Zhodino, she was accused of calling for the seizure of power under Part 3 of Art. 361 CC. Lawyers Ilya Salei and Maxim Znak are charged with the same crime.
On September 18, 2020, in response to the accusations, a member of the Presidium of the Coordination Council, Maxim Znak, went on an indefinite hunger strike in a pre-trial detention center.
Earlier, Belarusian presidential candidate and opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said that due to the fact that most members of the presidium of the Coordinating Council of Belarus left the country or were arrested, new people could be elected to its membership.