EU publishes names of 21 newly blacklisted Belarusian officials


The Council of the European Union strengthened restrictive measures against those responsible for the crackdown on civil society in Belarus. The Council added 21 persons responsible for the repression of civil society and the democratic opposition in Belarus to the list of those targeted by a travel ban and an asset freeze.

These decisions came in addition to already existing measures: more than 200 individuals are already subject to a travel ban and a freeze of their assets within the EU. Moreover, the assets of three companies linked to the regime remain frozen while exports to Belarus of arms and material for internal repression are prohibited.

The legal acts, including the list of additional designations, have been published in the Official Journal of 29 February. According to it, the Council added the following officials:

1. Barsukou, Aliaksandr Piatrovich. Colonel, Chief of Minsk police. Since his appointment as Minsk police chief on October 21, 2011 he has been responsible, as commander, for the repression of approximately a dozen peaceful protesters in Minsk, who were later convicted for breaking the law on mass events. For several years he commanded police action against street protests of the opposition.

2. Putsyla, Uladzimir Ryhoravich. Chairman of the City Court of Minsk as last resort supervising the verdicts (delivered by the court of the first instance and confirmed by the court of appeal) in the case of internationally recognized political prisoner Pavel Seviarynets (the co- chairman of the organizing committee to create Belarusian Christian Democracy party and campaign’s manager for 2010 presidential candidate Vital Rymasheuski) and in the case of former poltical prisoner Aliaksandr Atroshchankau (press secretary of the 2010 presidential candidate Andrey Sannikau). He denied the judicial plaint against these verdicts clearly violating the Code of Penal Procedure.

3. Valchkova, Maryana Leanidauna. Judge at Partyzanski District Court of Minsk. In 2010-2011 she fined or sentenced representatives of civil society for their peaceful protests to fines and prison sentences in at least 9 cases.

4. Raliava, Aksana Anatolyeuna. Judge at Savetski District Court of Minsk. In 2010- 2011 she fined or sentenced representatives of civil society for their peaceful protests to fines and prison sentences in at least 9 cases.

5. Khvaynitskaya, Zhanna Anatolyevna. Judge at Zavadzki District Court of Minsk. She fined or sentenced representatives of civil society for their peaceful protests to fines and prison sentences in at least 11 cases.

6. Mazouka, Anzhalika Mikhailauna. Judge at Savetski District Court of Minsk. In 2010- 2011 she fined or sentenced representatives of civil society for their peaceful protests to prison sentences in at least 8 cases.

7. Kochyk, Aliaksandr Vasilievich. Judge at Partyzanski District Court of Minsk. In 2010-2011 he fined or sentenced representatives of civil society for their peaceful protests to fines and prison sentences in at least 9 cases.

8. Karovina, Natallia Uladzimirauna. Judge of Frunzenski District Court of Minsk. In 2010-2011 she fined or sentenced representatives of civil society for their peaceful protests to fines and prison sentences in at least 8 cases.

9. Harbatouski, Yury Aliaksandravich. Judge at Pershamayski District Court of Minsk. In 2010 he fined or sentenced representatives of civil society for their peaceful protests to fines and prison sentences in at least 8 cases.

10. Lyushtyk, Siarhey Anatolyevich. Judge at Pershamayski District Court of Minsk. In 2010-2011 he fined or sentenced representatives of civil society for their peaceful protests to fines and prison sentences in at least 5 cases.

11. Yakunchykhin, Aliaksandr Anatolyevich. Judge at Central District Court of Minsk. In 2010-2011 he fined or sentenced representatives of civil society for their peaceful protests to fines and

prison sentences in at least 8 cases.

12. Zapasnik, Maryna Sviataslavauna. Judge at Leninski District Court of Minsk. In 2011 she fined or sentenced representatives of civil society for their peaceful protests to fines and prison sentences in at least 6 cases.

13. Dubinina, Zhanna Piatrouna. Judge at Zavadzki District Court of Minsk. In 2010 she fined or sentenced representatives of civil society for their peaceful protests to fines and prison sentences in at least 7 cases.

14. Krasouskaya, Zinaida Uladzimirauna. Judge at Leninski District Court of Minsk. In 2010 she fined or sentenced representatives of civil society for their peaceful protests to fines and prison sentences in at least 7 cases.

15. Hermanovich, Siarhei Mikhailavich. Judge at Kastrychnitski District Court of Minsk. In 2010 he fined or sentenced representatives of civil society for their peaceful protests to fines and prison sentences in at least 6 cases.

16. Svistunova, Valyantsina Mikalayeuna. Judge at Central District Court of Minsk. In 2010-2011 she fined or sentenced representatives of civil society for their peaceful protests to prison sentences in at least 5 cases.

17. Shayko, Ina Valerieuna. Judge at Central District Court of Minsk. In 2011 she fined or sentenced representatives of civil society for their peaceful protests to fines and prison sentences in at least 6 cases.

18. Lapo, Lyudmila Ivanauna. Judge at Frunzenski District Court of Minsk. In 2010-2011 she fined or sentenced representatives of civil society for their peaceful protests to fines and prison sentences in at least 5 cases.

19. Barysionak, Anatol Uladzimiravich. Judge at Partyzanski District Court of Minsk. In 2010-2011 he fined or sentenced representatives of civil society for their peaceful protests to fines and prison sentences in at least 5 cases.

20. Yuferytsyn, Dzmitry Viktaravich. Judge at Leninski District Court of Minsk. In 2010 he fined or sentenced representatives of civil society for their peaceful protests to fines and prison sentences in at least 5 cases

21. Ziankevich, Valiantsina Mikalaeuna. Judge of Leninski District Court of Minsk. In 2010 she fined or sentenced representatives of civil society for their peaceful protests to prison sentences in at least 5 cases.

All the judges above repeatedly imposed prison terms against those involved in peaceful protests and as a result bear responsibility for the repression of civil society and democratic opposition in Belarus.

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