The number of political prisoners in Belarus is growing almost exponentially. Unfortunately, human rights organizations do not always have time to process the information received, compile cases of convicts, letters and appeals that contribute to the recognition of politically active citizens as political prisoners.

ICСI “Our House” compiled a table of articles of the Criminal Code, according to which the currently recognized political prisoners were convicted. Some of the chapters have become a favourite tool of repression, and others were occasional. But the processed data is necessary for identifying prisoners who should be recognized as political. Also, it demonstrates the picture of persecution and repression in Belarus.

The table shows statistics on already convicted people who have already received sentences and are serving their sentences. A lot of active citizens are behind bars awaiting trials and sentencing. In our opinion, such people should also have the right to be recognized as political prisoners. Many of them have been arrested since the beginning of the 2020 presidential campaign and after August 2020. The attitude of the “law enforcement” agencies towards them is the same as towards recognized political prisoners – they are subjected to torture, violence and bullying.

According to the latest data, men and women who are convicted under the articles listed in the table must serve a total of 1,758 years. It is 65 terms of 27 years of the usurper. We are confident that the authorities involved in repressions against people will be justified following the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus. But they will be judged by honest judges.

Article number Title of the article Number of convicts
130 Incitement of racial, national, religious or other social enmity or discord 16
147 Intentional infliction of grievous bodily harm 1
178 Disclosure of medical secrets 2
179 Illegal collection or dissemination of information about private life 2
188 Slander 20
191 Obstruction of the exercise of electoral rights, the right to participate in a referendum, or the implementation of the legal initiative of citizens, or the work of the Central Commission of the Republic of Belarus on Elections and holding republican referendums, election commissions, referendum commissions, recall voting commissions 2
209 Fraud 2
218 Intentional destruction or damage to property committed in a generally dangerous manner or causing major damage 25
235 Legalization (“laundering”) of funds obtained by criminal means 5
243 Evasion of payment of taxes and fees 1
289 An act of terrorism 2
293 Mass riots 230
295 Illegal actions concerning firearms, ammunition and explosives 20
295-3 Illegal actions concerning objects whose damaging effect is based on the use of combustible substances 5
309 Intentional disrepair of a vehicle or means of communication 10
339 Hooliganism 230
341 Desecration of buildings and damage to property 28
342 Organizing or actively participating in group activities that grossly violate public order 272
346 Abuse of historical and cultural values 1
356 Treason to the state 1
357 Conspiracy or other actions aimed at seizing power unconstitutionally 2
361 Calls for actions aimed at harming the national security of the Republic of Belarus 3
361-1 Creation of an extremist formation 3
362 Murder of an internal affairs officer 2
363 Resistance to an employee of the internal affairs bodies or another person guarding public order 32
364 Violence or the threat of violence concerning an employee of the internal affairs bodies 138
366 Violence or threat against an official performing official duties or another person performing a public duty 10
367 Slander against the President of the Republic of Belarus 6
368 Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus 71
369 Insulting a representative of the authorities 186
370 Abuse of State symbols 35
371 Illegal crossing of the State border of the Republic of Belarus 1
377 Theft, destruction, damage or concealment of documents, stamps, seals, theft of forms 2
391 Insulting a judge or a people’s assessor 16
400 Deliberately false denunciation 1
409 Illegal actions concerning property subject to inventory or arrest 1
430 Receiving a bribe 5

*statistical information has been processed according to the data for the evening of September 24, 2021. Due to the constant increase in the number of political prisoners, the table will be updated.

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