Belarusian investigative journalist Siarhei Satsuk has been imprisoned since 8 December 2021. He was initially detained under an old case of bribery.
The case started on 25 March 2020 when a search was conducted at Siarhei's home and the editorial office, and Siarhei was subsequently detained. Yet already on April 4, 2020, the General Prosecutor of Belarus revoked the imprisonment resolution. The journalist was freed until 8 December 2021 subject to an undertaking not to leave the country.
Siarhei Satsuk was recognized as a political prisoner. Belarusian Association of Journalists managed to discover that in addition to bribery, Satsuk is being accused of inciting hatred and of abuse of power. However, no further details were available.
On October 26, 2022, the Minsk city court brought the editor-in-chief of Ezhednevnik a verdict of guilty under three articles of the Criminal Code of Belarus: 'inciting hatred', 'abuse of power', and 'bribery'. The journalist was sentenced to 8 years of general regime colony and also a fine of 500 base values (16,000 BYN, or about 6,300 USD). Besides, the court decided to exact from the political prisoner 12,384 BYN (about 4,770 USD).
On March 17, 2023, the Ministry of Internal Affairs added Satsuk to the list of persons involved in extremist activities.
Siarhei Satsuk's story is told by his brother and colleagues.