Earlier, the Penitentiary Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that Andrei Kuznechyk will be serving his term in the maximum security prison in Navapolat.

At the moment, the journalist is temporarily in the Mogilev colony (before that he was in the Akrestin Prison, pre-trial detention center No. 1 on Volodarsky Street in Minsk, the Mogilev pre-trial detention center).

  • Andrei Kuznechyk was detained when he left his apartment in the evening to ride a bicycle.

    He returned home accompanied by four security guards.

    The apartment was searched, office equipment was taken, and the password to the Radio Svaboda telegram channel was demanded.

  • Andrei and Alesia's children - eight-year-old Yanina and two-year-old Matvey - witnessed their father's arrest.

  • At first, Andrei was accused of petty hooliganism, placed in the Isolation Center for Offenders and sentenced to 10 days of administrative arrest.

    He was never released: he was accused of disobedience and sentenced to 10 days twice more.

  • On December 23, 2021, it became known that a criminal case was opened against Kuznechyk and he was transferred to pre-trial detention center No. 1 on Vladarskyi.

  • On May 12, information appeared that Kuznechyk was transferred from pre-trial detention center-1 to Mogilev prison.

  • On June 8, Svaboda journalist Andrey Kuznechyk was sentenced to 6 years of imprisonment with imprisonment in a high-security prison on the charge of "creating an extremist organization" (Article 361-1 of the Criminal Code).

    The closed process was held in a few hours, the circumstances of the case are unknown.

  • It should be noted that Radio Svaboda's content was recognized by the authorities as "extremist", and Radio Svaboda itself as an "extremist organization" already after the arrest of Andrei.

    That is, the journalist was convicted for managing something that did not exist at the time of his arrest.