The participants in the peaceful act of protest against the falsified results of the elections on 19 December 2010 in Minsk have received sentences ranging from 3 to 4 years in a "harsh regime" prison.
The October District Court of Minsk found Dmitrii Drozd, Ales Kirkevich, Pavel Vinogradov, Andrei Protasenya and Vladimir Homichenko guilty of participating in the so-called riots in Minsk on 19 December 2010, and fixed for them the penalty of imprisonment, for a period ranging from 3 to 4 years in a “harsh regime” prison.
As the correspondent of “Interfax-West” has reported from the courtroom, Kirkevich and Vinogradov were sentenced by the court to imprisonment for a term of 4 years, to be served in a “harsh regime” prison. Drozd, Protasenya and Homichenko were sentenced to 3 years’ imprisonment, to be served in a “harsh regime” prison.
It was previously reported that the state prosecutor had addressed a request to the judge of the October District of Minsk to condemn the accused Vinogradov and Kirkevich to 4 years imprisonment, with the punishment being served in a “harsh regime” prison. He asked that the defendant Drozd be sentenced to three and a half years, Protasenya and Homichenko to three years.
In addition, the state prosecutor asked that the defendant Homichenko (“earphone”) be given compulsory treatment for alcoholism at the place of punishment.