Behind Article 328: Unveiling Personal Stories of Individuals Convicted in Belarus

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16 April 2024

«I was left alone with a child and two dogs.» A woman told how her husband was detained for distributing psychoactive substances

Alina (name changed) shared with Legalize Belarus the story of her husband’s detention. They raised their daughter together, who now may not see her father for a long time.

27 February 2024

The girl told drug control that an acquaintance had treated her to cannabis. He was detained

Nikita (name changed) shared with Legalize Belarus the story of his friend facing persecution under Article 328 based on another person's testimony.

24 January 2024

Family tragedy: how watching hockey turned into a prison term for cannabis use

Ignat (name changed) met with his acquaintance, and soon contact with him was lost.

18 January 2024

Employees of law enforcement agencies struck a man on the head to obtain testimony

In an interview with Legalize Belarus, Anton (name changed) shared that he mainly consumed cannabis, tried mephedrone and 2C-B a couple of times. He used them instead of alcohol because it helped him deal with depression.

26 December 2023

A guy has been declared internationally wanted for purchasing 0.36 grams of smoking blend

Ekaterina (name changed), the mother of the convicted under article 328, shared the story of her son, who was arrested 5 years after deciding to smoke spice.

21 December 2023

A man was arrested for using cannabis and sentenced to 2.5 years in prison

Legalize Belarus talked to the wife of the convict, Karina (name changed), who told about the difficult conditions of his imprisonment and personal experiences.

27 November 2023

The prosecutor has requested a 5-year imprisonment for a man who was growing cannabis for personal use

«It was an ordinary day, I went out on the street and went about my business, but my plans changed abruptly when the officers of the State Drug Control Committee stopped me on the pretext of clarifying some information. I got into their car, and they showed me a search warrant for the apartment where I lived,» says Ilya (name changed), Legalize Belarus.

24 November 2023

Girl tried to cope with depression with drugs, but was imprisoned for 10 years

When Victoria (name changed) was arrested, she was only 17 years old. She has already spent two years in prison and will not be released for long time.

27 October 2023

A guy was recognized as a distributor for using drugs with friends

Konstantin (name changed) told Legalize Belarus that he was 18 when he was arrested. «At that time, I used psychoactive substances, often smoked spice (a smoking blend containing synthetic substances). I constantly lacked money to buy it. Sometimes I had to pawn things,» the man says.

24 October 2023

A prisoner sentenced under article 328 shared the story of receiving a 10-year imprisonment term

Andrey (name changed) lived in a small town in Belarus but commuted to work in Europe. He occasionally used drugs. When he returned home once, law enforcement officers started monitoring him. Andrey doesn't know why he attracted attention, stating, «Maybe someone reported me,» the man says.