Uni instructors detained during Lukashenka’s visit sentenced

Main building of Belarusian State University. Photo: Iryna Arakhouskaya / belsat.eu

On January 29, Alyaksandr Lukashenka visited the BSU to meet with students. It was later reported that three university instructors had been detained, reports TUT.by.

Pavel Pyatrou from the Department of Radiophysics and Computer Technology was tried for disobedience under Article 23.4 of the Administrative Code (“Disobedience to a lawful order or demand of an official in the performance of his duties”). Pyatrou was detained in the morning of January 29, and the trial took place on February 1. According to the report, Pavel Pyatrou resisted when the officers were taking him out of the entrance: he held on to the handrails, sat on the ground, put his feet up. The man told the judges that he did not resist. The Frunzenski Borough Court ruled that the guilt was proved and sentenced Pavel Pyatrou to 15 days of arrest.

Svyatlana Vouchak, participant of the university strike committee, was detained in the morning of January 29. Before she became unavailable, Svyatlana managed to write a message that some people were breaking into her appartment. The same day she was tried in Frunzenski District Court of Minsk under Article 23.4 of the Administrative Code. According to relatives and volunteers, the ex-instructor of Belarusian State University was found guilty and sentenced to 14 days of arrest.

Her husband Mikhail Vouchak was detained together with Svyatlana. The court sentenced him to 15 days arrest for disobedience (Art 23.4).

In the evening of 28 January the police detained the instructor of BSU Department of Geography Volha Kavaleuskaya. Two reports were filed: under article 23.34 and article 23.4 of the Administrative Code. On 29 January her case was considered at Frunzenski Borough Court and, according to the volunteers, was sent for revision.