The Pruzhany District Court sentenced 65-year-old activist Alena Gnauk to 3.5 years in a strict regime colony and a fine of 3,200 Belarusian rubles (about $960) in the case of libel against Alexander Lukashenko (Part 2 of Article 367 of the Criminal Code) and discrediting Belarus (Article 369). -1 UK), informs human rights center “Spring”.
According to human rights activists, the case file states that on November 23, 2021, Gnauk posted on Facebook and Instagram “knowingly false information about the legal status of foreign citizens in the Republic of Belarus, which was aimed at causing significant harm to state interests.” In the posts themselves, as noted by human rights activists, Gnauk talked about the situation of migrants and Kurdish families in Belarus.
“Viasna” notes that Gnauk was subjected to “targeted persecution” by the state – in total she was detained and arrested on administrative charges 17 times.
In September 2021, the court sentenced Gnauk to 3 years of “home chemistry” on charges of insulting Lukashenka (Part 1 of Article 368 of the Criminal Code). In May, Gnauk was already sentenced to 2 years of “home chemistry” in a “round dance” – in total she received 3 years of such punishment.
The security forces had questions to the pensioner and on other occasions. In September, she said that she had been searched in the case of threats to the Brest prosecutor. The activist was recognized as a witness in the case and the equipment was confiscated. At the end of December, the court fined Gnauk for 1,450 Belarusian rubles (about $435) for an Instagram photo with white and red scarves.