Brest activist Sharenda sentenced

Activist Andrei Sharenda. Photo: Belsat

On January 6, a Brest judge Ina Klyshpach pronounced the verdict on the Brest activist Andrei Sharenda.

He was tried under Article 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Republic of Belarus for participating in a protest action in Minsk on November 8. Sharenda was detained on December 29 near his own home in Brest when he went for a walk with his 4-year-old son.

The activist was kept in the detention center for six days, two protocols were drawn up against him under Article 23.34 of the Administrative Code. Since the beginning of the protests, Sharenda has served more than 60 days.

While Andrei was in the remand prison the police knocked down the door in his appartment, conducted a search and seized a number of things, and his wife Palina Sharenda-Panasyuk was detained and taken to the remand prison in handcuffs.

The other day it was reported that a criminal case was opened against the activist under Article 364 (Violence or threat of violence against an employee of the internal affairs agency).