Where Online Censorship Leads: Belarusian Man Charged With ‘Pornography’ Over Rammstein Video Post

In 2014, Andrey Halavenka, a 25-year-old resident of Hrodna, published a music video ‘Pussy’ by the world-known German band Rammstein on his Vkontakte social media page. Now he is facing trial over ‘porno peddling’.

Halavenka told RFE/RL on April 11 that local police had informed him about an investigation launched against him two days earlier.

“I do not know how they found that post. I stay out [of scandals] and lead a normal life: work-home-work,” Halavenka said when reached by Belsat.eu.

In March 2019, the Belarusian State Committee of Judicial Examinations placed a ban on showing and distrubuting the Rammstein video due to the presence of pornographic imagery.

The Hrodna department of the Investigative Committee launched a criminal case under Article 343-2 ( ‘Making and distributing pornographic materials’) against Andrey Halavenka. In accordance with the Belarusian Criminal Code, porno peddling is punishable by up to four years in prison.

Where Online Censorship Leads: Belarusian Man Charged With 'Pornography' Over Rammstein Video Post

The man has been summoned for questioning.

belsat.eu

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