Musicians And Spectators Detained At Concert Sentenced To 660 Days of Arrest

On 13 February, local residents who came to the concert and members of the Belarusian bands – RSP, Panska Moc and Ok-Band, singer Valeria Surovitskaya (LEAR) – were detained.

The first trials started on 15 February. According to the deregistered human rights centre Viasna, 59 people were sentenced to 660 days and fined BYN 13,050 [~$5,000/€4,160] in total. Administrative proceedings were conducted by judges of Soligorsk, Logoisk, Borisov and Zhodino. As a result, 44 people will serve a 15-day arrest, 15 people received a fine of 30 basic units, which is about BYN 870 [~$335/€277].

Photo: Telegram channel of the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs

Human rights activists note that whole families were detained at the concert. Many of them will meet only 15 days later. All hearing were held according to the same scheme. Allegedly, an unauthorized rally took place in the Ogonyok hotel complex, at which white-red-white flags were used and “discontent was expressed against the President of the Republic of Belarus”.

In total, the concert cost its participants and spectators 660 days and 13,050 Belarusian rubles. According to the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, riot police detained 68 people at an unauthorized mass event “under the guise of a musical party”. Children and parents of minors were released. A keyboardist, RSP frontman, actor Pavel Gorodnitsky and bassist Andrei Osipchik were sentenced to 15 days each.

Source: TUT.BY