On January 19, 2022 Aliaksandr Ivulin, a well known Belarusian sports journalist, YouTube blogger and a player for Krumkachy football team, was sentenced to two years in prison. He was pronounced guilty of 'organisation and active participation in group actions in gross violation of public order'. In addition, Minsktrans [Minsk Directorate for Transport] demands that the journalist covered damages of 39 thousand Belarusian Roubles (about 15 thousand US Dollars) caused by alleged transport downtime during Sunday rallies in Minsk in 2020.
Aliaksandr has been imprisoned since June 2021 when 'unknown in civilian clothes' came to his home. Human rights defenders have recognized the journalist as a political prisoner.
On November 4, 2022 the Ministry of Internal Affairs added the journalist to the list of persons involved in extremist activities.
'Despite everything that is happening I still believe in the supremacy of law, I still believe in the norms of human ethics and I still believe in people,' said Aliaksandr Ivulin in his final words in court.
What's important to know about Sasha [short for Aliaksandr — translator's note] is told by his friends and colleagues.
[UPD] On February 17, 2023, Ivulin was released. The journalist spent 1 year, 8 months and 14 days in prison. He served his sentence in full.