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07.02.2020 15:51 Photos

In pictures: Judge rejects video blogger’s appeal against jail term over anti-integration protest

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Judge Anatoĺ Sotnikaŭ of the Homieĺ Regional Court on Friday rejected video blogger Siarhiej Cichanoŭski’s appeal against a 15-day jail term that was imposed on him last month for participation in a December 20, 2019 unsanctioned demonstration in Minsk against integration with Russia.

Subscribers to Mr. Cichanoŭski’s YouTube channel had traveled from a number of cities, including as far as Minsk and Maladziečna, for the appeal hearing, expressing support for the blogger in a packed courtroom.  

The crowd chanted “Shame on you!” after the judge delivered his ruling.

Mr. Cichanoŭski has yet to serve the jail sentence. He was in jail between December 27 and January 11 to serve a different sentence, which had been imposed on him over another anti-integration protest.

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