Aliaksandr Artsybashau and Pavel Vinahradau sentenced to large arrest terms


The activists of “Zmena” (the youth wing of “Tell the Truth” political movement) were detained on March 13. Artsybashau drove to the office of the police inspection, where ex-political prisoner Vinahradau came for regular registration.

As stated to BelaPAN by Pavel’s wife Sviatlana Vinahradava, her husband was detained when coming out of the police inspection, and Aliaksandr was detained by officers of road police a little later. According to her, police officers hinted that the arrest was connected with the upcoming local elections. The detainees were kept at the detention center in Akrestsin Street at night.

March 14, Judge of the Maskouski District Court Tatsiana Motyl sentenced Mr. Vinahradau to 25 days of arrest under Articles 17.1 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (disorderly conduct) and 23.4 (resistance to the police). Aliaksandr Artsybashau was charged only on Article 23.4 and was sentenced to 15 days of arrest.

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