“The entry into force of the sentence does not mean that my struggle is over.

I remain in Belarus and will continue to do everything possible and impossible to achieve my goal with Igor, "said, among other things, the wife of political prisoner Ihar Losik Darya Losik.

On May 31, the Supreme Court began hearing the appeals of six participants of the Tikhanovsky case behind closed doors.

On June 1, the court decided to leave the sentences unchanged, Viasna reports.

On December 14, the verdict was announced: Siarhei Tikhanouski, Mikola Statkevich, Ihar Losik, Uladzimir Tsyhanovich, Artsyom Sakau, Dzmitry Popau.

Tikhanovsky was sentenced to 18 years in prison;

Statkevich - up to 14 years in prison;

Losik and Tsyganovich - up to 15 years in prison;

Popov and Sakov - up to 16 years in prison.

Political prisoners were accused of organizing "mass riots" in Belarus during the preparation and holding of the presidential election in 2020.

The trial was held behind closed doors, so the details of the trial are unknown.

They were arrested before the August 9, 2020 elections and mass protests.

Criminal prosecution of Igor Losik

Criminal charges under Part 1 of Art.

342 of the Criminal Code ("preparation for violation of public order") and Part 2 of Art.

293 ("preparation for participation in riots").

Losik was detained on June 25, 2020 after a search of a house in Baranavichy.

At that time, 167,000 people had subscribed to his telegram channel RB Brain.

Igor Losik actively covered the events of the presidential election in Belarus.

Human rights activists have recognized him a political prisoner.

On December 15, after the second indictment, Ihar Losik went on a hunger strike and held it until January 25.

On March 11, 2021, Losik was charged again.

As a sign of protest, Ihar injured his wrist in front of a lawyer and an investigator, and went on a hunger strike.

For this, Losik was placed in the Zhodzina remand prison.

He spent five days there, four of which were on a dry hunger strike.

It is unknown under which article Losik was charged.

His lawyer Dmitry Lepretar signed a non-disclosure agreement.

Igor's wife and two-year-old daughter are waiting for him at home.

The wife came to the closed court and was on duty near the building, not even having a chance to go and attend the trial.

On December 14, Judge

Mikalai Dolia

sentenced 6 defendants in the pre-trial detention center No. 3 in Homel:

  • Igor Losik

    was sentenced to 15 years in prison,

  • Artsyom Sakau

    is 16 years old,

  • Mikola Statkevich

    is 14 years old,

  • Dmitry Popov

    is 16 years old,

  • Sergei Tikhonovsky

    - 18 years old,

  • Uladzimir Tsyhanovich

    was sentenced to 15 years in prison.