Politician Sevyarynets punished again for protesting against integration with Russia

A Minsk court has punished co-chairman of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Pavel Sevyarynets for 15 days of arrest for the protest in defense of independence on December 20. Pavel also received 15 days for taking part in the protest on December 21, BCD activist Volha Kavalkova wrote in social networks.

Pavel Sevyarynets had recently been released from Akrestsina prison, where he’d been serving 15 days. Police then informed the politician that a new trial awaited him the same afternoon. Thus, he stayed at home with his family only for a few hours.

Pavel Sevyarynets at a protest rally in Minsk. December 21, 2019.
Photo: Iryna Arakhouskaya / belsat.eu

First, Pavel Sevyarynets was punished with 15 days of arrest for the protest that took place on December 20. After that, the politician was immediately tried for the protest of December 21 and again given 15 days. Thus, the total period of arrest Sevyarynets now has to serve is 30 days.

The politician did not attend the trial. It is unknown when he will be detained to serve an administrative arrest.

Pavel Sevyarynets is the initiator and organizer of the protest against integration with Russia held in Minsk on December 7, 8, 20, 21 and 29. Three days before the last protest, on December 26, he was arrested for 15 days and punished with a fine of 1,275 BYN (about $600). On January 9, the politician was again punished by a large fine in absentia — 1,350 BYN.