On April 22, the verdict was pronounced in the so-called “Pramen case”. Aliaksandr Bialou, Jauhen Rubashka, Artsiom Salavei were sentenced to 5 years in prison, another Artsiom Salavei – to 4.5 years. The trial itself was held behind closed doors.
Aliaksandr and Jauhen were arrested on July 29, 2021 and charged with participating in the 2020 protests. Two activists named Artsiom Salavei (namesakes) were detained a week later. During the investigation, the anarchist media collective Pramen were recognized as an ‘extremist formation’.
By 2020-2021, all defendants had already been detained for various protests and jailed for short periods.