Ex-prdt candidate sentenced to 15 days in jail for protest against Russia-Belarus war game

Former political prisoner Mikalai Statkevich was sentenced to 15 days in jail for participating in the protests (Art. 23.34 of the Administrative Code) on July, 3. 

By the moment, the politician has not been put in prison yet.

A Minsk court ruled on his case on August 9, HRC Viasna reports.

Judge Yuliya Kavyaka considered the case in absentia; Statkevich got a ruling in the mail.

According to witnesses, policemen Kazlou and Ryzhankou, the politician took part in July’s protest march in Kastrychnitskaya Square which was not sanctioned by Minsk City Executive Committee.

The protesters marched along downtown Minsk – from Kastrychnitskaya to Independence Square. No one was arrested; the police did not draw protocols upon the participants either. In the run-up of the PA OSCE meeting in Minsk, the Belarusian authorities might have ordered them not to detain opposition activists. The protesters demanded the cancellation of the joint Russian-Belarusian military exercise ‘West-2017’ and criticized the regime’s wasting money on the parade during the economic crisis.


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