Pinsk case: 500K in compensation and up to 6.5 years in jail

Panicking after the events in Pinsk on August 9 and 10, the Belarusian authorities were forced to deploy additional security forces by helicopters. Source:

The so-called “Pinsk case” has been heard at the Maskouski district court of Brest since March 23. 14 political prisoners are accused of participation in the riots (Part 2 Article 293 of the Criminal Code) on August 9-10 in Pinsk, reports HRC Viasna.

The 109 police officers and officials want to receive about 530 thousand rubles for their moral suffering, as they “experienced fear, humiliation, pain and shame, they lost sleep, calmness and appetite because of the events, and they felt and still feel anxiety”.

“The Pinsk case” is being heard by the infamous Judge Yauhen Brehan. On April 14, prosecutors Daineka and Lyashok asked the court for the following sentences: from five and a half to six and a half years in a colony.

The Pinsk Security Department employees refused financial compensation from 14 defendants in the “Pinsk case,” unlike the employees of the Pinsk police department and Pinsk city police. Also, the Ivanava police department employees, who arrived in Pinsk at night from August 9 to 10 as reinforcements, did not make any compensation claims. However, other police officers and officials are demanding a total of about 530,000 rubles in compensation from political prisoners in this case.

In response to the questioning of the injured policemen and their testimony, residents of Pinsk and the Pinsk district created a petition asking the Interior Department of the Brest Regional Executive Committee to hold an extraordinary certification of all affected employees of the Pinsk police department and district police station, involved in the street protests against falsified elections in Pinsk on August 9 and 10, and to establish the degree of compliance of these officers with their positions.

At the moment, more than 3,200 people have signed the petition. This figure is growing.