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folder Categories of cases: Journalistic work
Hometown: Minsk
Address for letters: SIZO-1 Novodvorsky s/s, 143/4, Pashkovichi village, Minsk district, Minsk region 223016
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As stated in the resolution, she was a language consultant for the Belsat television channel, which is recognized as an “extremist formation” in Belarus. According to the verdict, from June 19, 2021 to November 15, 2023, Anastasia Matyash was a language consultant for the Polish television "TVP", which includes the Polish television channel "BELSAT tv BELSAT". During her work, she allegedly conducted language consultations, translated, corrected and edited texts, which were then used on BELSAT. The resolution also states that for participation in “extremist activities” Anastasia Matyash allegedly received “criminal” income, 40,000 Polish zlotys, 12,258 dollars and 8,575 euros.

Anastasia Matyash did not admit her guilt.

Trial outcome 19.04.2024:

2 years of imprisonment in a colony under general regime conditions

After the sentence comes into effect, it is only possible to write letters to a prisoner. According to article 85 of the Penal Enforcement Code, prisoners cannot receive money transfers from persons who are not family members. Parcels are also only possible from relatives. If you want to help, help families directly, if this option is available on the prisoner's card.
Eugene Glushkov
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In custody: 143 days
folder Categories of cases: Journalistic work
Hometown: Mogilev
Address for letters: Turma №4, Mogilev, Krupskaya 99A, 212011
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Evgeny Glushkov is a former Mogilev journalist, in the 90s and 2000s he worked on city television, after which he collaborated with several city portals.

Glushkov was detained in early January by assault because the man did not open the door to the security forces. He was dragged out into the street in the same clothes he was wearing at home.

According to some reports , it has been established that a criminal case has been opened against Glushkov for journalistic activities. The presumptive article is 361-1 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus (creation or participation in an extremist formation).

Alexander Evgenyevich Sobolevsky
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In custody: 199 days
folder Categories of cases: Journalistic work
Hometown: Mogilev
Address for letters: Turma №4, Mogilev, Krupskaya 99A, 212011
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Ales was sentenced twice for an administrative violation for a day, after which he was not released. Presumably, Sobolevsky could be transferred to a pre-trial detention center. It is unknown what the man is accused of.

Alexander Aleksandrovich Zenkov
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In custody: 340 days
folder Categories of cases: Journalistic work
Hometown: Minsk
Date of birth 12.11.1968
Address for letters: IK №15, 212013, Mogilev, p/o Veyno, Slavgorodskoye shosse 183
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Borisov photographer who was detained on June 22, 2023. Security forces searched the house and took away computer equipment. After this, Zenkov was immediately taken to Minsk, where he was kept for some time in the temporary detention center on Akrestsin, and then transferred to pre-trial detention center No. 1.

As BAJ wrote , the photographer was detained in July 2020. In September, police officers came to Zenkov to “warn him about the inadmissibility of violating the law.”

Alexander Zenkov has worked as a freelance photographer since 1998, collaborating with regional independent publications.

On April 16, 2024, Alexander had a hearing of his appeal.

Trial outcome 30.01.2024:

3 years imprisonment in a colony

After the sentence comes into effect, it is only possible to write letters to a prisoner. According to article 85 of the Penal Enforcement Code, prisoners cannot receive money transfers from persons who are not family members. Parcels are also only possible from relatives. If you want to help, help families directly, if this option is available on the prisoner's card.
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In custody: 314 days
folder Categories of cases: Journalistic work
Hometown: Pinsk
Address for letters: SIZO-7, Brest, Sovetskih Pogranichnikov 37, 224030
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Freelance journalist from Pinsk, owner of the website and TikTok page “about Stolin”.

Alexander lived alone in Polesie for a long time, so his detention became known by chance. Concerned people became worried that he had not been in touch for a long time. It turned out that Alexander was placed in Brest pre-trial detention center-7. According to unverified information, he is charged with “assisting extremist activities.”

Alexander is also the father of the guy who “dismantled” the water cannon in Minsk during the 2020 protests.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs , the man made videos with incriminating evidence, showed them to local entrepreneurs and demanded money for “silence.” He also allegedly “promoted the activities of an extremist telegram channel whose administrators are located abroad.”

Trial outcome 05.04.2024:

6 years of imprisonment in a colony under enhanced security conditions

After the sentence comes into effect, it is only possible to write letters to a prisoner. According to article 85 of the Penal Enforcement Code, prisoners cannot receive money transfers from persons who are not family members. Parcels are also only possible from relatives. If you want to help, help families directly, if this option is available on the prisoner's card.
Igor Petrovich Сarney
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In custody: 315 days
folder Categories of cases: Journalistic work
Hometown: Minsk
Date of birth 01.01.1968
Address for letters: Turma №4, Mogilev, Krupskaya 99A, 212011
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Igor Korney was detained on July 17 in Minsk and arrested for 10 days; he was in a detention center on Akrestsin Street. A search was carried out at his home. After 10 days of arrest, he was not released and was transferred to a pre-trial detention center.

Igor worked for a long time as a journalist for Radio Liberty, is known as an essayist, author of texts about the cultural and historical heritage of Belarus, and travel blogger. Soon after his arrest, Igor’s family went abroad.

According to the indictment, Igor actively wrote “negative materials insulting the head of state, government officials, journalists and citizens who do not support the unconstitutional change of power. In addition, in his articles he gave a false picture of the economic, social, military and international situation of the Republic of Belarus.”

Allegedly, from June 1 to July 14, 2023, he posted at least 54 information materials on BAJ resources. Soon after this he was detained.

Alexander Borisovich Mantsevich
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In custody: 439 days
folder Categories of cases: Journalistic work
Hometown: Maladzyechna
Date of birth 05.08.1958
Address for letters: IK -22, p.o.b 20, Brest region, Ivatsevichi, st. Domanovo, 225295
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Editor-in-Chief of the «Regianalnaya Gazeta».

«Regianalnaya Gazeta» is an independent publication covering events in four districts of the Minsk region (Molodechno, Vileika, Myadel and Volozhin) and three districts of the Grodno region (Smorgon, Oshmyansky, Ostrovetsky).

In 2022, the materials of the site were recognized as extremist materials in the Republic of Belarus. law enforcement officials claim that the man will be tried for the published texts.

On January 23, 2024, the appeal hearing was held, the verdict came into force

Trial outcome 02.11.2023:

4 years of imprisonment in a general regime colony.

After the sentence comes into effect, it is only possible to write letters to a prisoner. According to article 85 of the Penal Enforcement Code, prisoners cannot receive money transfers from persons who are not family members. Parcels are also only possible from relatives. If you want to help, help families directly, if this option is available on the prisoner's card.
Vyacheslav Dmitrievich Lazarev
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In custody: 473 days
folder Categories of cases: Journalistic work
Hometown: Vitebsk
Date of birth 29.08.1976
Number of children: 1 child
Family members: Tatiana Leonidovna Pytko
Address for letters: IK №15, 212013, Mogilev, p/o Veyno, Slavgorodskoye shosse 183
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He's a Journalist. Vyacheslav is charged with facilitating extremist activities.

At first Lazarev was taken to the Investigative Committee, and for almost a day his family did not know about his future fate. Now he is being held in the Vitebsk pre-trial detention center-2 («SIZO-2»).

The court of first instance sentenced Lazarov to five and a half years in prison in a maximum security colony, finding him guilty under the article on creating an “extremist formation” or participating in it (Article 361-1 of the Criminal Code). The Supreme Court changed the sentence to 5 years of imprisonment in a general regime colony.

Trial outcome 25.09.2023:

5 years imprisonment in a maximum security colony

After the sentence comes into effect, it is only possible to write letters to a prisoner. According to article 85 of the Penal Enforcement Code, prisoners cannot receive money transfers from persons who are not family members. Parcels are also only possible from relatives. If you want to help, help families directly, if this option is available on the prisoner's card.
Pavel Vasilievich Podobed
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In custody: 493 days
folder Categories of cases: Journalistic work
Hometown: Minsk
Date of birth 13.05.1979
Address for letters: IK №17, 213004, Shklov, ul. 1-ya Zavodskaya, 8
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Operator. Pavel collaborated with independent media. Earlier, the journalist was repeatedly detained while covering political actions in Belarus, including after 2020. As part of the criminal case, he was detained on February 9 after a search of his house, during which mobile phones and a video camera were removed. Subsequently, it became known that Pavel was charged under Part 1 of Art. 361-1 of the Criminal Code.

21.02.2023 Detained on January 20, 23, placed in the Zaslavsky District Department of Internal Affairs, at 01.01. F. Skorina, 20. They detained the KGB, near the car, in the district of Zaslavl. I received the first 15 days for a repost from the Radio Liberty website from 2017.

Trial outcome 30.06.2023:

4 years of imprisonment in a colony under general regime conditions.

After the sentence comes into effect, it is only possible to write letters to a prisoner. According to article 85 of the Penal Enforcement Code, prisoners cannot receive money transfers from persons who are not family members. Parcels are also only possible from relatives. If you want to help, help families directly, if this option is available on the prisoner's card.
Larisa Fyodorovna Shchiryakova
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In custody: 538 days
folder Categories of cases: Journalistic work
Hometown: Gomel
Date of birth 13.04.1973
Number of children: 1 child
Address for letters: IK-4, ul. Antoshkina, 3, 246035, Gomel
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In 2021, she publicly announced that she was retiring from journalism. She explained her departure by the fact that she already had enough harassment for work without accreditation.

According to police reports, the courts punished the journalist with administrative fines more than forty times, including for covering post-election protests. Only days of detention were not appointed, because Shchiryakova alone raised a juvenile son.

In 2022, in September, after the arrest of a former colleague in the journalistic workshop, Yevgeny Merkisa Shchiryakova, in her posts on social networks, raised issues of keeping a journalist in a pre-trial detention center, posted messages on her pages in social networks about solidarity actions with Yevgeny, which were organized abroad.

After Larisa's detention, her son was taken to an orphanage right from school.

According to the materials of the case, Larisa Shchiryakova allegedly placed information on the Internet that discredited the Republic of Belarus. She is also accused of “collecting, creating, processing, storing and transmitting information for Vesna” and “Belsat”.

Trial outcome 31.08.2023:

3.5 years in prison in a penal colony.

After the sentence comes into effect, it is only possible to write letters to a prisoner. According to article 85 of the Penal Enforcement Code, prisoners cannot receive money transfers from persons who are not family members. Parcels are also only possible from relatives. If you want to help, help families directly, if this option is available on the prisoner's card.
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In custody: 579 days
folder Categories of cases: Journalistic work
Hometown: Mogilev
Date of birth 03.11.1993
Address for letters: IK №17, 213004, Shklov, ul. 1-ya Zavodskaya, 8
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Andrey Fomin is 29 years old, he hails from Mogilev, but lived in Minsk. The guy graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Arts. In the video of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, he was forced to say that he was the editor and author of articles for the «Vestniki» newspaper network. According to information from activists of the ByProsvet initiative, Andrey did not have access to newspaper accounts and did not know those who distribute them in Belarus.

As a result, the guy was charged for participating in the March on August 30, 2020 and transferred to the pre-trial detention center-1. Andrey fundamentally did not want to leave his country, he is writing a book, six cats are waiting for him at home.

Trial outcome 21.06.2023:

7 years of imprisonment in a penal colony.

After the sentence comes into effect, it is only possible to write letters to a prisoner. According to article 85 of the Penal Enforcement Code, prisoners cannot receive money transfers from persons who are not family members. Parcels are also only possible from relatives. If you want to help, help families directly, if this option is available on the prisoner's card.
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In custody: 620 days
folder Categories of cases: Journalistic work
Hometown: Minsk
Date of birth 28.08.1983
Address for letters: IK -22, p.o.b 20, Brest region, Ivatsevichi, st. Domanovo, 225295
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Journalist and TV presenter, who previously held a position in part of the «presidential pool» of the ONT TV channel.

In August 2020, in protest against the violent dispersal of peaceful actions, Semchenko resigned. Dmitry and his wife were detained on September 15 in Minsk. Yulia was later released, and Dmitry was left behind bars until the trial. A day later, the man was arrested for 15 days. But after 15 days, Dmitry did not go free and was sentenced to another 13 days of arrest under Article 19.11 of the Administrative Code for distributing «extremist materials»‎ on his social networks. When Dmitry Semchenko was not released on October 13, 2022, it became known that a criminal case had been opened against him.

Trial outcome 23.03.2023:

3 years of imprisonment in a penal colony of general regime.

After the sentence comes into effect, it is only possible to write letters to a prisoner. According to article 85 of the Penal Enforcement Code, prisoners cannot receive money transfers from persons who are not family members. Parcels are also only possible from relatives. If you want to help, help families directly, if this option is available on the prisoner's card.
Evgeniy Aleksandrovich Merkis
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In custody: 622 days
folder Categories of cases: Journalistic work
Hometown: Olgomel
Date of birth 08.11.1986
Address for letters: IK №17, 213004, Shklov, ul. 1-ya Zavodskaya, 8
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A journalist who covered the protests after the 2020 presidential elections. He was repeatedly detained by the police, fined through the courts and sent for a day. After the recognition of a number of independent media as extremist groups, Evgeny was engaged in local history activities.

On September 13, 2022 in Homel, in the afternoon, the journalist’s apartment was searched, after which information carriers were confiscated from Yevgeny, and he himself was detained.

Trial outcome 30.05.2023:

4 years imprisonment in a penal colony under the conditions of an enhanced regime.

After the sentence comes into effect, it is only possible to write letters to a prisoner. According to article 85 of the Penal Enforcement Code, prisoners cannot receive money transfers from persons who are not family members. Parcels are also only possible from relatives. If you want to help, help families directly, if this option is available on the prisoner's card.
Pavel Ivanovich Mozheyko
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In custody: 636 days
folder Categories of cases: Journalistic work
Hometown: Hrodna
Date of birth 25.05.1978
Number of children: 2 children
Address for letters: IK №2, 213800, Bobruysk, ul. Sikorskogo, 1
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On August 30, his house was searched — it lasted more than six hours. After that, Mozheyko did not get in touch.

Pavel in the spring of 2021 was held in the case of Ales Pushkin and was detained for 72 hours.

Pavel is a journalist and TV presenter, the author of the program «Intermarium» on the TV channel «B**sat», a former political prisoner. He was the director of the «Center of Garadskoga zhytsia», which was liquidated through the court after the initiation of a criminal case.

It is known that a criminal case has been opened against Pavel for exercising his freedom of expression. in the summer of 2021, he was searched.

Father of two children.

In 2002-2004, he served a prison sentence for slandering the president.

Trial outcome 26.07.2023:

6 years in prison in a penal colony.

After the sentence comes into effect, it is only possible to write letters to a prisoner. According to article 85 of the Penal Enforcement Code, prisoners cannot receive money transfers from persons who are not family members. Parcels are also only possible from relatives. If you want to help, help families directly, if this option is available on the prisoner's card.
Ivan Borisovich Muravyov
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In custody: 634 days
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Hometown: Minsk
Date of birth 23.11.1978
Address for letters: IK №2, 213800, Bobruysk, ul. Sikorskogo, 1
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Ivan Muravyov is 43 years old. At one time, he was at the origins of the STV TV channel, but for the last ten years he has been engaged in managing the famous hookah bar «Kaliannaya No. 1» on Karl Marx Street.

Detained the Investigative Committee in a hookah bar. Muravyov did not participate in the protests of 2020 (but he had an administrative arrest. He turned out to be a random victim who was dragged out of the car by law enforcement officers during the protests).

The trial was held behind closed doors.

Trial outcome 26.12.2022:

2,5 years of imprisonment in a penal colony of general regime.

After the sentence comes into effect, it is only possible to write letters to a prisoner. According to article 85 of the Penal Enforcement Code, prisoners cannot receive money transfers from persons who are not family members. Parcels are also only possible from relatives. If you want to help, help families directly, if this option is available on the prisoner's card.
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