Supporters of Tikhanovsky sentenced to several years in colony in Belarus

Source : 112 Ukraine

Activists were sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison
16:15, 3 June 2021


The Zhovtnevy District Court in Hrodna has delivered verdicts in the case of pickets a year earlier involving the detention of blogger Serhiy Tikhanovsky. Radio Svoboda reported this.

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Dmytro Furmanov, the coordinator of Svitlana Tikhanovska's initiative group, Volodymyr Knyha, a volunteer of the group, and Yevhen Rozdribenko, a member of the group, were found guilty of "organizing and preparing actions that grossly violate public order." The latter two were also found guilty of "violence against police officers."

It is reported that Dmytro Furmanov was sentenced to 2 years in prison, Yevhen Rozdribenko to 3,5 years in prison, and Volodymyr Knyha to 4 years in a maximum security penal colony. The verdict has not yet taken into force and can be appealed in the prescribed manner.

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All three took part in single protests in Hrodna on May 29 last year. Activists who were collecting signatures in support of presidential candidate Tikhanovsky were accused of organizing and preparing uncoordinated mass events, as well as violence against law enforcement. Two Hrodna police officers, Volodymyr Kozlovsky and Oleksandr Khvalenya, as well as commanders of the Hrodna riot police group, Viktor Budnyk and Dmytro Rahunok, were recognized as victims.

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On May 23, the founder of the largest opposition telegram channel of Belarus NEXTA, journalist Roman Protasevich, was detained in Minsk. The plane with Roman Protasevich on board flew from Athens to Vilnius. 

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