A Hrodna court found guilty Uladzislau Serada of ‘extremism’ for reposting three materials with links to other resources on the Vkontakte social media platform. A judge imposed a fine of 367.5 rubles on the young man.
According to Uladzislau Serada, when sharing the posts, he did not think there was anything wrong with that. He could not even suggest that the materials might be considered extremist. One of them gave an account of Moscow-based anarchists’ rally in support of their Belarusian co-thinkers, and the other two deslosed the details of the protests against the so-called ‘parasite’ decree in the spring of 2017.
The young man failed to admit his guilt. In his opinion, he shared ordinary, not extremist, information materials. Such absurdist administrative trials are nothing but persecution of citizens for dissent, Hrodna human rights defenders believe.
Uladzislau Serada and his defense lawyer ar set to appeal against the ruling.