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Nasha Niva

23.08.2022

Nasha Niva

Data correct as of 03.04.2022

No.

Date

Form of repression

Description

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29 August 2020

Website blocking

The Ministry of Information of Belarus determined to block Nasha Niva website pursuant to the Law on Mass Media.

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8 July 2021

Search in the editorial office Criminal case

The Nasha Niva editorial and accounting offices, as well as homes of newspaper journalists and executives, were searched.

 

Investigative proceedings were initiated against four people: editor-in-chief Yahor Martsinovich, head of advertising and marketing Andrei Skurko, editor of Nasha Historia, Dudu and Astsiarozhna: Dzetsi! publications Andrei Dynko, as well as chief accountant Volha Rakovich.

 

All of them are suspects under part 1 of Article 342 (organization or preparation of actions that grossly violate public order or participation in such actions) and Article 293 of the Criminal Code (mass riots). Ten days later they were not charged, but instead redetained for another three days under part 2 of Article 216 of the Criminal Code (causing injury not qualifying for theft, committed by a group of persons in collusion, or major injury).

 

On 16 July 2021, Volha Rakovich was released; on 21 July, Andrei Dynko was released with an undertaking to appear.

 

On 28 July 2021, Yahor Martsinovich and Andrei Skurko were charged under Part 2 of Article 216 of the Criminal Code (”causing injury not qualifying for theft, committed by a group of persons”).

 

On 15 March 2022, Yahor Martsinovich and Andrei Skurko were sentenced to 2.5 years of imprisonment by the Zavadski District Court of Minsk.

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8 July 2021

Website blocking

Based on a notice from the General Prosecutor’s Office of Belarus, “concerning the publication of information that is prohibited for distribution,” the Ministry of Information determined to restrict access to the nn.by website.

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23 November 2021

Declaring content extremist

The Tsentralny District Court of Minsk recognized Nasha Niva content, social media, and messenger services as extremist.

 

Now readers may be held administratively liable under Part 2 Article 19.11 of the Administrative Offences Code (a fine of $100-300) for disseminating information linking to Nasha Niva resources.

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14 January 2022

Recognition as an extremist formation

The KGB ruling of 14.01.2022 “On recognition of a group of citizens as an extremist formation and prohibition of its activity” determined that “a group of citizens united under Sorodichi private company (Nasha Niva publisher) carries out extremist activity through Nasha Niva newspaper."

 

Sorodichi private company (Nasha Niva) was included in the Register of Organizations, Formations, and Individual Entrepreneurs Involved in Extremist Activity under No. 31.

 

Establishment or participation in an extremist formation is a criminal offense punishable by imprisonment from 2 to 10 years (Article 3611 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus).