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Andrej Alaksandraŭ

Last update: 31 October 2021
Andrej Alaksandraŭ
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Journalist, media manager, poet, lyricist.

Member of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ).

In 2016, Ukrainian band Kolir released a track in Belarusian track Zastacca saboj (Staying yourself) based on Andrej Alaksandraŭ’s poem. In 2015, the organizing committee of the Sing 2.0 contest awarded the band for the song in the Sung poetry category.

Andrej Alaksandraŭ created Belarusian Journal – an online publication aimed at intellectuals, where he planned to develop free and independent Belarusian thought, to bring together different ideas, views, and opinions, sometimes completely opposite. Through the years Andrej participated in numerous projects of the methodologist and philosopher Uładzimir Mackievič.

Arrested on January 12, 2021, and charged under part 2 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (training other persons to participate in actions that grossly violate public order, as well as funding such activities). The reason for the accusation was that, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Andrej Alaksandraŭ paid for 250 of the fines received by participants of peaceful protests from August 22 to November 9, 2020.

On June 30, 2021, Andrej Alaksandraŭ was charged with violating part 1 of Art. 356 (treason of the state).

On April 4, 2022, it became known that the criminal case against Andrej Alaksandraŭ, Iryna Złobina, Dźmitryj Navažyłaŭ and was sent to the court. Andrej Alaksandraŭ was charged under a number of articles of the Criminal Code:

  • Part 2 of Art. 342 (organization of group actions that grossly violate public order and preparation or training of such activities);
  • Part 1 of Art. 356 (treason of the state);
  • Part 1 of Art. 361-1 (participation in an extremist organization);
  • Part 2 of Art. 243 (evasion of taxes and duties).

On January 18, 2021, he was recognized as a political prisoner.

The trial on the BelaPAN case began on June 6, 2022, and lasted exactly four months. On October 6, the Minsk Regional Court handed down verdicts: journalist and media manager Andrej Alaksandraŭ was sentenced to 14 years of imprisonment. In addition, large fines were imposed on political prisoners; for Alaksandraŭ it is 32 000 rubles (approx. $12675). They are also prohibited from holding certain positions for five years.

Behind bars, he continues writing poems, which he sends in letters to friends and colleagues.

From January 20, 2023 – on the list of “extremists.”

Mail address: Andrej Alaksandraŭ, PC. No. 1, 211440, Navapolack, vulica Techničnaya 8.