Homel region

08.12.2023

Ranak newspaper editor and her colleague detained in criminal case

Andrei Lipski, a former employee of the Ranak media company based in Svetlahorsk, reported on his Facebook page a recent uptick in questioning and detainment of his former colleagues.

16.10.2023

Andrei Tolchyn accused of harming Belarus’ national security

The reason for detaining former freelance journalist and democratic activist Andrei Tolchyn in Homel has been revealed. He has been accused of violating Part 1 of Article 361 of the Criminal Code, which relates to encouraging actions that harm the national security of Belarus.

01.09.2023

Court sentences Larysa Shchyrakova to 3.5 years in prison

On August 31, Homel Regional Court announced the sentence of former journalist and local historian Larysa Shchyrakova – 3.5 years in prison. Shchyrakova was accused of “discrediting the Republic of Belarus” and “promoting extremist activities”.

31.05.2023

Homel journalist and local history expert Yauhen Merkis was sentenced to 4 years

On May 30, the Homel Regional Court announced its verdict for journalist, historian, and local history expert Yauhen Merkis who received 4 years of imprisonment in a enhanced regime  colony. Judge Aliaksei Khlyshchankou found Merkis guilty under Part 1 and Part 2 of Article 361-4 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus ("Assistance to extremist activity"), as well as under Part 3 of Article 361-1 of the Criminal Code ("Participation in extremist formation").

17.01.2023

Homel court dismisses Larysa Shchyrakova’s complaint against her detention

On 16 January, the Navabelitski District Court of Homel considered the complaint of the former journalist Larysa Shchyrakova against her detention on remand. Judge Aliaksandr Zinchuk dismissed the case: Shchyrakova shall remain in a pre-trial detention center. The details of the session are unknown, as it was held behind closed doors.

26.12.2022

Larysa Shchyrakova's son no longer in child care home

The son of detained ex-journalist Larysa Shchyrakova finally returned home, her family reported.

09.12.2022

Son of detained ex-journalist found in orphanage. His father about to arrive from Siberia

Former journalist Larysa Shchyrakova has been in Homel temporary detention center for three days now, and her minor son Sviataslau was found in a repair for children in the settlement of Biarozki in Homel District. This is just 1.5 km away from his home.

13.10.2022

Several state radio hosts fired in Homel over support of protesters

Homel City Radio has fired several radio hosts over allegedly supporting the 2020 protesters. The day before, their names appeared in a post on a pro-government Telegram channel.

Журналіст Яўген Меркіс — у ізалятары, у Гомелі прайшлі ператрусы па ягонай крымінальнай справе
15.09.2022

Journalist Jauhen Merkis is in detention, searches are underway in connection with his criminal case

Journalist and local historian Jauhen Merkis from Homel was detained on September 13. The policemen also searched the apartment Jauhen rents and seized data carriers.

24.06.2022

Iryna Slaunikava, went on trial on charges of leading an extremist group

on June 23, a Belarusian journalist in the southeastern city of Homel. Iryna Slaunikava, went on trial on charges of leading an extremist group and organizing activities that disrupt social order. The charges also stemmed from her taking part in mass protests that were sparked by the disputed presidential election.