The court has recognised 9 articles published on 1863x.com as extremist. The decision was based on the conclusion of the examination. Palchys’ lawyer is going to appeal the decision.
The Belarusian blogger Eduard Palchys (aka John Silver) is kept in Minsk remand prison No 1 and will not be present at the sittings. At Palchys’ request, defense lawyer Hanna Bakhtsina is acting in the name and on behalf of him, Belsat informs.
John Silver created 1863x.com, a blog dedicated to the current political developments in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, as well as Belarusian history and culture. The unsigned materials sharply criticized the regimes of Aliaksandr Lukashenka and Vladimir Putin.
According to Silver, two criminal cases were brought against him in 2015 for his activities in the blog – for allegedly inciting ethnic strife (in particular, for the article ‘Kill the Russian World’) and spreading pornography.
The blogger decided to hide in Ukraine. All the while he lived in Kyiv, from where he continued to work on the blog. But when the blogger went to a meeting in Russia in January 2016, he was arrested and put in jail. At the beginning of 2016 Sputnik i Pogrom, an extreme right-wing Russian organization, reported that the real name of the ‘Russophobe from Belarus’ is Eduard Palchys.
Then Palchys was transferred from Russia’s Bryansk jail to Belarus.
The blogger may face up to five years of imprisonment for ‘inciting hatred’ and up to two or for years in jail – for allegedly distributing pornography. The charges are pointless and artificial, Belarusian human rights defenders say.