Khoyniki: Youtubing tractor driver gets 10-day jail term

Yauhen Vasilkou, a local tractor driver, father of four kids and author of YouTube channels A Farm Machinery Operator’s Chronicles and Khoyniki For Living, was tried in the town of Khoyniki on Monday.

Yauhen Vasilkou in court. Photo:

The court sentenced the blogger to ten days of administrative arrest for allegedly disobeying the police (Article 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Offenses).

Vasilkou has been in custody since his being detained on July, 31. According to the official version, he refused to show his driver’s license and vehicle registration document. In court, the blogger pleaded not guilty.

On July 29, a picket in support of presidential candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya was held in Khoyniki. It was attended by about 300 people, including Yauhen Vasilkou, who often provided his subscribers with truthful overviews of country life in Belarus.

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