Ihar Losik (top left), Siarhei Tsikhanouski (top row, center), Mikola Statkevich (top right), Uladzimir Tsikhanovich (bottom left), Artsiom Sakau (bottom center) and Dzmitry Papou (bottom right).

A closed trial of Siarhei Tsikhanouski, Mikalai Statkevich, Ihar Losik, Uladzimir Tsyhanovich, Dzmitry Papou, and Artsiom Sakau began in Homel.

The defendants’ attorneys are under a non-disclosure agreement. Even relatives of the defendants were not allowed to attend the trial, while state media had a permission to record the courtroom proceedings.

In the courtroom Statkevich shouted “Long live Belarus!”, and Tsikhanouski showed his trademark fist gesture.

It is expected that the “Tsikhanouski case” hearings will be held till at least 30 July.