Anton Koipish

Anton Koipish is known as one of the deteinees in the Case of 14. Then 20-year-old youth activist Anton Koipish was expelled from the fourth year of the mechanical-mathematic faculty of the Belarusian State University for alleged academic failure. The real reason was his participation in a protest rally of the entrepreneurs in winter 2008.

Chronicle of repression

Anton was detained on 10 January 2008, he was charged under the article 342 part 1 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus (organization and active participation in group actions, seriously violating public order).

At that time Koipish was a secretary of the youth wing of the Belarusian Popular Front (BPF) and a member of the movement Rise, which was created after the events of March 2006 that took place on Kalinowski Square in Minsk. During the hearing Koipish gave 32 minutes long speech, he read verses from the Koran, and caused a stormy reaction of the audience.

During the trial Koipish felt unwell, when the judge announced the verdict, semi-conscious oppositionist was transported to the hospital. On 22 April judge Yelena Ilina found Anton Koipish guilty of the alleged offense and sentenced him to a fine of 100 minimal wages (3 million 500 thousand BYR).

After Koipisz was sentenced he join the BPF party.

Cases, concerning this person:

Other political prisoners

  • Artyom Breus
  • Aliaksandr Barazenka
  • Anton Surapin
  • Andrej Hajdukou
  • Ales Czarnuszou