Hrodna region


Vlogger Uladzimir Tsyhanovich who serves 16-year jail term to stand another trial

The 43-year-old author of the MozgON YouTube channel is being prosecuted for “persistent disobedience to the prison administration”, as per Viasna Human Rights center.


Pavel Mazheika’s sentence upheld. He is to be transferred to correctional facility soon

Today, October 17, the Supreme Court of Belarus reviewed the appeals of Hrodna journalist Pavel Mazheika and attorney Yulia Yurhilevich, who were sentenced to prison for “promoting extremist activity”. The Hrodna Regional Court sentenced them both to 6 years of imprisonment on 26 July of this year. The verdict was upheld by the Supreme Court.


Journalist Andrzej Poczobut to spend next six months in SHU

The journalist and activist for the minority Polish community in Belarus will spend the fall and most of the winter in a secure housing unit.


MOST website and social media pages of its editor-in-chief declared “extremist formations”

MOST Media and its social media pages, as well as other projects and personal social media accounts of Hrodna journalist Ruslan Kulevich, have been declared “extremist formations” by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus.


25 books confiscated from journalist Dzianis Ivashyn ordered destroyed

When journalist Dzianis Ivashyn was arrested on March 12, 2021, his home was searched by KGB agents. As a result, several dozen books were confiscated. Today it became known that the court ordered the destruction of 25 titles.


Journalist Andrzej Poczobut sentenced to 8 years in prison

Today, February 8, Hrodna Regional Court Judge Dzmitry Bubenchyk sentenced journalist and Polish minority activist Andrzej Poczobut to eight years of imprisonment.

01.02.2023 website and online community declared extremist formation

January 24, the State Security Committee included the site and affiliated social media pages in the list of extremist formations.


Pavel Mazheika’s remand detention extended for another month

Hrodna journalist and public figure Pavel Mazheika’s detention term ended on 31 January but was extended for another month. It has been six months since he is behind bars.


Journalist Siarhei Chyhryn detained for sharing extremist content

On 16 December, journalist, local historian and writer Siarhei Chyhryn was detained in Slonim.


KGB puts political prisoner Andrei Pachobut on “terrorist list”

The State Security Committee of Belarus (KGB) has updated the list of organizations and individuals involved in terrorist activities. At present, there are 922 people on the list, including Andrei Pachobut, a journalist and leader of the Union of Poles in Belarus. He was added to the list on 4 October.


Journalist Pavel Mazheika recognized as political prisoner

The Belarusian human rights community issued a joint statement on September 20.


Belarus: Journalist Denis Ivashin shockingly sentenced to 13 years in prison

The Grodno Regional Court sentenced, on Wednesday 14 September, the Belarusian journalist Denis Ivashin to 13 years and one month in prison. The European and International Federations of Journalists (EFJ-IFJ) join their affiliate in Belarus, the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), in denouncing this travesty of justice and demanding his immediate release. Help for the family of Denis Ivashin, a journalist on trial for “treason against the state”