Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Protests in Belarus: 16-year-old teenager sentenced to five years in prison


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A 16-year-old teenager was sentenced to five years in a colony in Belarus

Nikita Zolotarev, suffering from epilepsy, was accused of riots and violence against the police.

In Belarus, 16-year-old Nikita Zolotarev was sentenced to five years of imprisonment in an educational colony – he allegedly participated in “mass riots”. Radio Svaboda informs about it on Monday, February 22.

After the verdict was announced, Zolotarev fell into hysterics – he rushed to the bars and shouted: “Let me out of here!”

Also sentenced were 25-year-old Dmitry Korneev (eight years in a strict regime colony) and 28-year-old Leonid Kovalev (six years in prison).

Residents of Gomel, the region and the city of Dobrush were accused of riots, violence against the police, illegal actions with flammable substances (Molotov cocktails), Leonid Kovalev was also accused of “involving a minor in unlawful behavior.”

According to the prosecutor, all three responded to calls from Telegram channels and took part in “riots” accompanied by “pogroms, arson, armed resistance to the authorities.” At the same time, Kovalev allegedly tried to “deliberately shoot a video” and then post it on the Internet “for the purpose of promoting criminal activity.”

Note that 16-year-old Zolotarev suffers from epilepsy. According to his father, Nikita was beaten by police officers and SIZO officers. The lawyer filed a complaint, but the authorities did not find any corpus delicti. Nikita himself told the court that he was beaten not only in August, but also on December 29 in the Gomel SIZO. The teenager also stated in court that he was not given pills in the pre-trial detention center.

The lawyers stressed that the actions of their clients are not a criminal offense.

As a reminder, earlier the leader of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya announced a temporary loss. She spoke about the strategy of the opposition forces in Belarus ahead of her visit to Switzerland.

It was also reported that Alexander Lukashenko met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi. Russia and Belarus confirm the level of strategic partnership and alliance, Putin said.

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