2021-07-02
Katsiaryna Vinnikava, a graduate of the law department of the Belarusian State University, speaks at the graduation ceremony.

Katsiaryna Vinnikava, a graduate of the law department of the Belarusian State University, was sentenced to 15 days of arrest for her speech at the graduation ceremony where she thanked Maksim Znak, a lawyer and political prisoner, and other instructors dismissed for political reasons.

The court found that with these words, she had violated the rules for holding mass events. Fellow students and law professors were stunned by the court’s decision, declaring that Katsiaryna was not guilty of anything.