Accessibility links

Belarusian Student Activist Sentenced To Year Of 'Restricted Freedom'


Alyaksandr Barazenka is met by colleagues and friends after his release.

Alyaksandr Barazenka is met by colleagues and friends after his release.

A student activist in Belarus has been found guilty of "active participation in group actions grossly disturbing the public peace" and sentenced to one year of "restricted freedom" without having to go to jail, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

Alyaksandr Barazenka was brought to trial on December 8.

His charges came from his participation in a demonstration held in downtown Minsk on January 10 against a government crackdown on small-business owners.

He left the courtroom with his parents and was greeted by dozens of supporters outside the court building.

About This Blog

"Watchdog" is a blog with a singular mission -- to monitor the latest developments concerning human rights, civil society, and press freedom. We'll pay particular attention to reports concerning countries in RFE/RL's broadcast region.

Subscribe

Journalists In Trouble

RFE/RL journalists take risks, face threats, and make sacrifices every day in an effort to gather the news. Our "Journalists In Trouble" page recognizes their courage and conviction, and documents the high price that many have paid simply for doing their jobs. More

XS
SM
MD
LG