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Ihar Karniej

The journalist, essayist, author of texts about the cultural and historical heritage of Belarus, and travel blogger.

Born on January 1, 1968.

On July 17, 2023, Ihar Karniej was arrested in Minsk; his house was searched. According to initial information, he was arrested for 10 days.

On July 28, 2023, Ihar Karniej was transferred to the Pre-trial Detention Center in Minsk, and a criminal case was opened against him.

On November 15, 2020, Ihar Karniej was arrested during The March of Brave People – one of the peaceful protest actions in Minsk. Under Article 23.34 of the Administrative Code (participation in an unauthorized mass event), he was sentenced to 10 days of arrest, which he served in a detention center in Žodzina. After his release, he wrote a reportage “Next stop is hell. How I spent 10 days in a detention center in Žodzina,” in which he covered the inhumane conditions in Belarusian penitentiaries.

Mail address: Ihar Karniej, Pre-trial Detention Center No. 1, vulica Valadarskaha 2, 220030, Minsk