Igor Ovsyanik was spotted in the list of detainees by the deregistered Vesna human rights center. He is Senior Director, Special Projects at EPAM Systems. His wife confirmed dev.by that her husband was indeed detained on Sunday, 22 November. He will serve 15 days of administrative arrest for participation in an unauthorized mass event.
“It is him. He was detained yesterday, although the circumstances are not clear yet. He was taken to the Pervomaysky District Department of Internal Affairs. Delivered to [a detention facility – Ed.] on Okrestin Street at night. There are no lists [of detainees – Ed.] in court yet.”
Igor’s wife could not confirm whether her spouse was detained during a rally in their neighbourhood last Sunday.
“I don’t know: he ended up in the Pervomaisky District Department of Internal Affairs – it is not our district.”
Later, the Telegram channel “Lists of Detainees” reported that a trial of Igor Ovsyanik was conducted via video link on Sunday, 22 November. He pleaded not guilty and was senteced to 15 days of arrest.
Igor Ovsyanik has been with EPAM for almost 22 years. He started as a Software Testing Manager, for almost ten years, he headed the Belarusian office, then directed the staff in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria. He currently manages projects in India, the Netherlands, Mexico, China, Vietnam.
EPAM Systems specializes in product development, digital platform engineering, and digital and product design. In 1993, Arkadiy Dobkin and Leo Lozner founded EPAM, a global software engineering services company, in New Jersey, U.S. and Minsk, Belarus.
Its global teams serve customers in more than 35 countries. EPAM was one of only four tech companies to appear on Forbes 25 Fastest Growing Public Tech Companies list every year since 2013 and ranked as the top IT services company on Fortune’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list in 2019 and 2020.