Judge Tatyana Matyl sentenced a Young Front activist to 15 days in a detention centre on Akrestin Street.
Uladzimir Yaromenak was accused of disorderly conduct (article 17.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences). Only one witness, deputy chief of the Maskouski district police department Aleh Bihinou, appeared at the trial, Viasna human rights centre reports.
Ahead of November 7, Young Front activists decided to follow the example of anti-communist fighters of the past and pour valerian onto the pedestal of Lenin monument on Independence Square in Minsk. The activists wanted local cats to come and “express their feelings”.
Yaromenak was detained by security guards of the House of Government as he was preparing to fulfil his plan. The activist was taken to the Maskouski district police department.