Blogger Pavel Vinahradau ‘re-detained’ after spending 45 days in custody

On August 19, Pavel Vinahradau, an author of one of Belsat TV satirical shows and former political prisoner, was detained for 72 hours, his wife Svyatlana said on Facebook.

Pavel Vinahradau. Мinsk, 12 May 2021. Photo: Belsat

On July 5, the police made an unexpected visit to Pavel Vinahradau’s house in the town of Berazino and carried out an ‘indoor inspection’, i.e. search. On the same day, the blogger was detained and tried under Article 24.23 of the Code of Administrative Offences (‘violating rules of holding or organising mass events’) over alleged ‘calls for protesting’. A flimsy excuse for the detention was Pavel’s publishing a sarcastic text on social media in which he criticized emigre politician Pavel Latushka for his urging Belarusians to take to the streets on May 9, when Victory Day was celebrated in Belarus. Notably, Vinahradau did not call on anyone to join the protests; his post is indicative of his being against putting protesters in jeopardy.

In early July, Pavel Vinahradau was sentenced to 15 days in jail; after serving the term, he got another 30.

The investigators also told his wife that a criminal case was instituted against Pavel under Article 367-1 of the Criminal Code ( ‘slander against the president’). The case is apparently related to the above-mentioned post.

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