A Rahachou court will start considering the case of local resident Syarhei Alyakseikau on March 19, gomelspring.org reports. The man is charged with distribution of extremist materials (Art. 17.11 of the Administrative Code).
In September 2018, Alyakseikau shared a post by the anarchist group Pramen (Ray) on Facebook.
“Police captain Dzmitry Mazakouski showed me a scan of my Facebook page. I left a comment under the article Slutsk Riot Policeman Beats Two-Year-Old Daughter To Death in the group For European Belarus. It turned out that the group took this information from the anarchists’ blocked website that was listed as extremist,” Alyakseikau said.
According to the Administrative Code, distribution of information products included in the republican list of extremist materials is punishable by a heavy fine or administrative arrest (up to 15 days).
In November 2018, Hrodna-based Belsat TV contributor Ales Dzyanisau was found guilty of possessing and distributing ‘extremist’ materials. In March 2017, Dzyanisau reposted two videos from Belarusian anarchists’ web community to his own Vkontakte social network page. The videos featured anarchists’ participating in ‘non-parasite’ protests in Belarus in the spring of 2017.