Katerina Borisevich is 36 years old, she has been working with the TUT.BY news outlet for four years. Katerina is a well-known court reporter in the country, specializing in legal topics. In 2015, the Prosecutor General's Office awarded her the winner's diploma «for professionalism and journalistic skills». She also wrote about the death of Roman Bondarenko who died after scuffling with people in plain-clothes who had come to a Minsk courtyard known as the Square of Change to remove red-and-white ribbons representing the protest movement.
13th of November After the death of Roman Bondarenko, the Investigative Committee reported that during the initial examination the man was diagnosed with alcohol intoxication. Shortly afterwards, Telegram channels published medical documents, which said that no ethanol was found in the blood of Roman Bondarenko. And Katerina was tasked to check where this information came from and why it did not correspond to the reports of the Investigative Committee. An emergency hospital doctor confirmed that the deceased had 0 ‰ in his blood.
19th of November In the evening, Katerina Borisevich went to the store and returned home accompanied by people in balaclavas and masks. The Prosecutor General's Office opened a criminal case under part 3 of article 178 of the Criminal Code - «Disclosure of medical secrets, entailing grave consequences» (possible penalty — imprisonment for up to three years and deprivation of the right to hold certain positions). Katerina was sent to the KGB pre-trial detention centre. Afterwards, the Prosecutor General's Office pressed charges and left her in custody, thus choosing the most severe measure of restraint.
9th of December The Tsentralny District Court considered a complaint filed by Katerina Borisevich's defence lawyer about her detention. Even despite the fact that Katerina is raising her daughter alone, a judge ruled to leave it unsatisfied. The journalist is currently in a pre-trial detention centre No. 1 on Volodarskogo Street. Her lawyers had to sign a non-disclosure agreement, so it remains unknown how long Katerina will remain in custody. It can be assumed that she will be there for two months, that is, until 19 January 2021, judging by regular practice.
Katerina Borisevich's mail address Pre-trial detention center No. 1, 220030, Minsk, vulica Valadarskaha 2