Zmicer Kasparovich

Zmicer Kasparovich is a youth activist from Minsk, member of the Belarusian Popular Front. He was born in 1983. On 28 September 2008 Zmicer Kasparovich together with Artur Finkievich and Tsimafei Dranchuk founded a youth movement Young Belarus.

Chronicle of repression

Zmicer Kasparovich was arrested on the night of 17 and 18 January 2006. He was accused of insulting national symbols. Zmicer tried to remove the state’s official flag from the building of the Executive Committee of Minsk.

Zmicer was charged under the article 339, part 1 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism) and was facing punishment up to three years of imprisonment. Until the trial Zmicer Kasparovich was held in custody in Minsk.

On 27 February 2006 the court sentenced Zmicer to five months in jail. Activist disagreed with the sentence and stated that he was ready to answer for insulting the national flag, but not for hooliganism. The sentence was challenged by Zmicer’s lawyer, judge, however, rejected the appeal and left the sentence unchanged.

Zmicer Kasparovich served his sentence in prison in Zhodino. On 28 April 2006, he was released on parole.

 


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