Yury Rubtsou

Born July 29, 1961 in the city of Homiel. Married.

On 26 April 2014, during the Chernobyl Way demonstration he drew attention with a bright T-shirt with the inscription “Lukashenka, go away!”. After the protest, he was detained by police.

On 28 April 2014, he was brought to the court of the Saviecki district of Minsk to stand trial on charges under Article 17.1 of the Administrative Code (“hooliganism”) and Article 23.4 (“disobeying lawful demands of police officers”). After the arrest, Yury was forced to take off his T-shirt and brought to the courtroom with a naked torso. He was tried by Judge Kiryl Palulekh, who prevented many people to attend the trial. In response to this situation, Yury calling such trials “tribunals”, and the judges who render unlawful judgments “scum”. As a result, he received the maximum period of administrative detention of 25 days (during which he was on hunger strike), and then faced criminal charges under article 391 of the Criminal Code (“insulting a judge or lay judge”).

On 6 October 2014, Yury Rubtsou was sentenced by the court of Tsentralny district of Minsk to 1 year and 6 months of restriction of freedom in an open-type penal institution.

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee demanded his release in a joint statement and urged to review the case in accordance with the principles of a fair trial.

A new criminal case was opened against Yury Rubtsou on the 18 March 2015 under Article 415 of the Criminal Code, “evasion of serving punishment of restraint of liberty”. He was taken into custody on April 6, and on April 13 transported to the detention center in Baranavičy.

On 8-9 August 2015, he was transferred to serve his sentence in penal colony №2 in Babrujsk.

Other political prisoners

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  • Mikalay Subach
  • Evgeni Suvorou
  • Uladzimir Kobiec
  • Siarhiej Basharymau