Rev. ANDREI VASHCHUK SDS, Roman Catholic Church (Viciebsk)

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Rev. Andrei Vashchuk

The rector of the Holy Spirit parish in Viciebsk.

He was detained on 15 July under part 1 of art. 24.23 (violation of the procedure for organizing or holding mass events) of the Code of Administrative Offences. He was kept in the Pieršamajski District Department of Internal Affairs in Viciebsk until the trial. The case file included a Facebook profile picture with a white-red-white flag, as well as other “protest” photos, including with the flag of Ukraine. He was subjected to a 15-day administrative arrest twice: on 18 July, then on 23 July it became known that he was re-arrested for another 15 days. Pro-government Telegram channels launched a discrediting campaign against him. On 15 August, he fled the country. On 9 September, the priest was fined in absentia 320 rubles under art. 19.10.