Dzmitry Palijenka

Dzmitry Palijenka is a Belarusian anarchist detained on March 20, 2019. He was charged under four articles: aggravated hooliganism (part 3 of article 339) – for a domestic conflict, when he peppersprayed a drunkard who was annoying Dzmitry; inciting other social discord (article 130) – for several pictures on social networks; as well as desecration of buildings and damage to property (article 341) – for an antipolice graffiti, and insulting an official – for a Facebook post about the minister of internal affairs.

On October 25, 2019, Dzmitry was sentenced to 3 years of restricted liberty (an equivalent of house arrest). The sentence will be reduced to 10 months, considering a recent amnesty and the defendant’s stay in pre-trial detention. The activist was released in the courtroom.

In 2016-2018, Dzmitry spent 2 years in prison for an alleged assault of a traffic policeman during Critical Mass.

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