On January 29, the sentence was declared to authors of graffiti ‘Belarus is to be Belarusian’ in Frunzensky district court of Minsk. The trio was found guilty of damaging property under Article 341 of the Belarusian Criminal Code.
Vadzim Zharomski was punished by a fine of 50 basic units, Maxim Pyakarski – 40 basic units, Vyachaslau Kasinerau – 30 basic units. The petition of the victim to discontinue the criminal case over compensation for damages was not satisfied.
The graffiti artists are to pay off the fines within a month. They have asked Art Siadziba to help them raise money.
As Belsat.eu reported earlier, tut.by journalist Pavel Dabravolski and two civic activists, Pavel Syarhei and maxim Shytsikau, were beaten in court while covering the ‘graffiti case.’ The reporter said that several riot police officers beat him with their feet for 20 minutes, paying no attention to his journalist ID. According to Dabravolsky, they took his phone and erased all the data. After that they were taken to the police station, where an administrative report under article “contempt of court” and “disobeying the official” were filed against them.
Later Syarhei, Shytsikau and Dabravolski were taken back to court. The first of them was fined 10.5 million rubles, the rest – 9.45 million. This decision was passed by judge Maryia Yarokhina, with police officer Syarhei Kavalchuk as witness.
To support the men and transfer funds, you may do the following:
1. Buy a T-shirt with the picture ‘Belarus is to be Belarusian’ drawn by Maxim Pyakarski. The price is Br300,000 ($15), the money collected will go towards the settlement of fines
2. Donate money (make a contribution to Art Siadziba account in any bank in Belarus or leave money in Art Siadziba office in Minsk (Independence Avenue 58-430)
3. Send money via Paypal