Criminal case on mass riot: 38 accused and 12 suspects and 4 convicts (updated on 3 March)

Source: spring96.org

Human rights defenders monitor the criminal cases that were instigated in connection with the action of protest connected with the presidential election. As of 4 February, the Human Rights Center Viasna knows the surnames of 38 accused in the criminal case on mass riot (26 of them are kept in custody, 2 persons are under house arrest and 9 more have been released on recognizance not to leave. 12 more are suspects in the case – 2 of them are abroad and the overwhelming majority had to give written recognizances not to leave the country. 4 people have been sentenced to different terms in jail so far.

Two young activists are also kept in custody on charges in malignant hooliganism (Article 339, part 3 of the Criminal Code).

The information on the criminal case will be regularly updated.

Here are the lists of the accused and suspects:

Accused in the criminal case upon Article 293, parts 1 and 2 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus, ‘mass riot’.

1. Aliaksandr Arastovich – M.Statkevich’s electioneering agent. Was released from custody on 15 February on a non-leave recognizance.
2. Dzmitry Bandarenka – a coordinator of the civil campaign European Belarus (in custody in the KGB jail).
3. Artyom Breus – a citizen of the Russian Federation, was released from jail on 29 December together with other Russian citizens, was detained in half an hour within the framework of the criminal case (is kept in custody in the pre-trial prison in Valadarski Street) – charges were given to him on 5 January.
4. Dzmitry Bulanau – served 10 day of arrest, on 12 January detained as suspect in mass riot case. Is kept in custody in the pre-trial prison in Valadarski Street.
5. Dzmitry Drozd – an activist of the electoral team of Andrei Sannikau. Served 10-day arrest for participation in the protest action. On 1 February arrested for 3 days as a suspect in the criminal case under Article 293, part 2 (participation in mass riot). Is kept in the pre-trial prison in Valadarski Street.
6. Andrei Dzmitryieu – the head of the electoral headquarters of Uladzimir Niakliayeu (released on a written recognizance not to leave).
7. Aleh Fedarkevich – a participant of the 19 December action. The ruling for 10-day arrest was abolished and he was presented criminal charges. Is kept in custody in the pre-trial prison in Valadarski Street.
8. Aliaksandr Fiaduta – political analyst, a coordinator of the electoral team of Uladzimir Niakliayeu (in custody in the KGB jail)
9. Ivan Gaponov – a citizen of the Russian Federation, released from jail together with other Russian citizens on 29 December and re-detained the same day (is kept in custody in the pre-trial prison in Valadarski Street). Charges were given to him on 5 January.
10. Artsiom Hrybko – served 10-day arrest for participation in the 19 December protest, on 12 January detained as an accused in the mass riot case, currently in custody in the pre-trial prison at Valadarski Street.
11. Siarhei Kazakou – an activist of the European Belarus , detained on 27 January as a suspect in the mass riot criminal case, currently in custody in the pre-trial prison in Valadarski Street.
12. Iryna Khalip – journalist, wife of Andrei Sannikau, previously in custody, since 29 January under house arrest.
13. Uladzimir Khamichenka – served 15-day arrest, was given charges (according to information of the Main Police Department of the Minsk City Executive Committee). In custody.
14. Ales Kirkevich – a Hrodna activist of the Young Front, served 10-day arrest for participation in the 24 December solidarity rally, on 28 January detained as a suspect in the mass riot criminal case, currently in custody in KGB pre-trial prison
15. Aliaksandr Klaskouski – former policeman (in custody in the KGB pre-trial prison)
16. Uladzimir Kobets – the head of the electoral team of Andrei Sannikau, on 26 January released on recognizance not to leave.
17. Aleh Korban – a leader of the youth organization of the United Civil Party, Young Democrats. On 7 January was released on recognizance not to leave.
18. Aliaksandr Kviatkevich – served 12-day arrest for participation in the 19 December rally, detained on 4 January as a suspect in the 19 December mass riot case, officially charged, currently in custody in the KGB pre-trial prison.
19. Anatol Liabedzka – Chair of the United Civil Party. Is kept in custody in the KGB pre-trial prison.
20. Mikita Likhavid – an activist of the For Freedom. On 21 February the verdict for 15-day administrative arrest was abolished and he was made an accused in the case. Is kept in custody in the pre-trial prison in Valadarski Street.
21. Uladzimir Loban – served 10-day arrest, officially charged in the mass riot case. Is kept in custody in the pre-trial prison in Valadarski Street.
22. Siarhei Martsaleu – the head of the electoral team of Mikalai Statkevich. Is kept in custody in the KGB pre-trial prison.
23. Dzmitry Miadzvedz – served 10-day arrest, detained in mass riot criminal case, officially charged under parts 1 and 2 of Article 293. Is kept in custody in the pre-trial prison in Valadarski Street.
24. Aliaksei Mikhalevich – presidential candidate. Was kept in custody in the KGB pre-trial, on 19 February was released on recognizance not to leave.
25. Fiodar Mirzayanau - served 15-day arrest for participation n the protest action. On 25 January was guarded for an interrogation, after which was detained for 3 days as a suspect in the criminal case. On 1 February was given charges. Is kept in custody in the pre-trial prison in Valadarski Street.
26. Uladzimir Niakliayeu – presidential candidate, previously in custody, since 29 January under house arrest.
27. Nasta Palazhanka – Deputy Chair of the Young Front. Was kept in custody in the KGB pre-trial jail. On 17 February was released on recognizance not to leave.
28. Anatol Paulau – electioneering agent of Yaraslau Ramanchuk. On 7 January was released on recognizance not to leave.
29. Andrei Pazniak - was fined about $350, after the New Year vacations was placed to the pre-trial prison in Valadarski Street and presented charges under Article 293 of the Criminal Code.
30. Natallia Radzina – journalist, editor of the website charter97.org, previously in custody, on 28 January released on recognizance not to leave
31. Vital Rymasheuski – presidential candidate, released on a written recognizance not to leave.
32. Andrei Sannikau – presidential candidate. Is kept in custody in the KGB pre-trial prison.
33. Pavel Seviarynets – electioneering agent of Vital Rymasheuski. Is kept in custody in the KGB pre-trial jail.
34. Mikalai Statkevich – presidential candidate. Is kept in custody in the KGB pre-trial prison.
35.Illia Vasilevich – served 10-day arrest, on 12 January detained for 3 days as a suspect in mass riot criminal case, currently in custody in the pre-trial prison in Valadarski Street.
36. Siarhei Vazniak – electioneering agent of Uladzimir Niakliayeu, on 29 January released on recognizance not to leave.
37. Pavel Vinahradau - an activist of the civil campaign Speak Truth, received charges under Article 293, part 1 & 2 on 11 January, currently in custody in the pre-trial prison in Valadarski Street.
38. Uladzimir Yaromenak – an activist of the Young Front. Served 15-day arrest for participation in the solidarity action of 20 December, and spent 7 more days in the delinquents’ isolation center following an interrogation at the KGB as a witness in the criminal case. On 28 January detained as a suspect in the case and presented official charges. Is kept in custody in the pre-trial prison in Valadarski Street.

Suspects in the criminal case upon Article 293, parts 1 and 2 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus, ‘mass riot’

1. Dzimitry Apishau - served 11-day arrest On 31 December was declared a suspect. On 6 January his apartment was searched. Currently under a written recognizance not to leave.
2. Anton Davydzenka – detained as a suspect in the criminal case after serving 10-day arrest, previously in custody for 2 days, on 31 December released on recognizance not to leave
3. Aleh Hnedchyk – in custody between 6 and 9 January, interrogated as a suspect in the criminal case (gave a written recognizance not to leave)
4. Usevalad Kavalenka – a possible suspect in the criminal case, served 15-day arrest (gave a written recognizance not to leave)
5. Ryhor Kastusiou – presidential candidate (gave a written recognizance not to leave)
6. Siarhei Kliuyeu – informed about his status as a suspect on 3 January, after serving 15-day arrest (gave a written recognizance not to leave)
7. Mikita Krasnou – his status as a suspect in the case was mentioned in the search warrant presented by KGB officers on 27 December (currently abroad)
8. Andrei Mikalayeu - detained in the evening of 11 January after a search in his house, put to the detention center in Akrestsin Street. On 14 January released under a written recognizance not to leave.
9. Leanid Navitski – an electioneering candidate of Andrei Sannikau (currently abroad)
10. Dzianis Shydlouski - served 10-day arrest for participation in the protest action. On 2 February was detaimed for 3 days as a suspect in the criminal case (in custody)
11. Dzmitry Uss – presidential candidate (gave a written recognizance not to leave)
12. Aliaksandr Vasileuski -- served 15 days, on 12 January detained at home as a suspect in the mass riot criminal case, released on 14 January.

Convicted on the criminal case upon Article 293, parts 1 and 2 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus, ‘mass riot’

1. Aliaksandr Atroshchankau – the press-secretary of the electoral team of Andrei Sannikau. Was kept in custody in the KGB pre-trial prison. Was given charges under Article 293, part 2, ‘participation in mass riot’. On 17 February 2011 was sentenced to 4 years of imprisonment in a high-security colony by Volha Komar, Judge of the Frunzenski District Court of Minsk.

2. Aliaksandr Malchanau – a participant of the 19 December protest action. Arrested on 6 January at home in Barysau within the framework of the criminal case. Was kept in custody in the KGB pre-trial prison. Received charges under Artice 293, part 2. On 2 March 2011 was sentenced to 3 years of imprisonment in a high-security colony by Tatsiana Cherkas, Judge of the Frunzenski District Court of Minsk.

3. Dzmitry Novik – detained late at night on 23 December at home in Baranavichy as a suspect in the criminal case. On 30 December was presented charges under Article 293, part 2. Was kept in custody in the pre-trial prison in Valadarski Street. On 2 March 2011 was sentenced to 3.5 years of imprisonment in a high-security colony by Tatsiana Cherkas, Judge of the Frunzenski District Court of Minsk.

4. Vasil Parfiankou – an activist of the electoral team of Uladzimir Niakliayeu. Was detained on 4 January as a suspect and kept in custody in the pre-trial prison in Valadarski Street. Was presented charges under Article 293, part 2. On 17 February 2011 was sentenced to 4 years of imprisonment in a high-security colony by Volha Komar, Judge of the Frunzenski District Court of Minsk.

Article 293, ‘mass riot’

1. The organization of the mass riot which was accompanied with violence against people, demolition, arsons, defilement of property and armed resistance to representatives of the authority, -

is punished by 5-15 years of imprisonment.

2. Participation in mass riot which manifested in the direct implementation of the actions that were mentioned in part 1 of the article, - is punished by 3-8 years of imprisonment.

Criminal case upon Article 339, part 3 of the Criminal Code, ‘hooliganism’

1. Dzmitry Dashkevich – Chair of the Young Front
2. Eduard Lobau – activist of the Young Front

Both of them were detained on 18 December and are in the status of accused since 6 January.

Article 339, ‘hooliganism’

1. Deliberate actions that grossly violate the public order and demonstrate an evident disrespect to the society, which are accompanied with the use of violence or the threat of its use or destruction or waste of property of other people, or are defined by an exceptional cynicysm (hooliganism), -

2. Hooliganism, committed repeatedly or by a group of persons or connected with resistance to a person that stops the hooligan actions, or accompanied with the infliction of a less hard bodily injuries (malignant hooliganism)

3. The actions that are provided by parts 1 and 2 of the article, committed with the use of weapons and other items that are used as a weapon for infliction of bodily injuries, with the use of explosives or explosive devices or are committed with the threat of their use, in the absence of the traits of a harder crime (especially malignant hooliganism) are punished with 3-10 years of imprisonment.