Ihar Bantsar is a rock musician based in Hrodna, leader of the punk band Mister X, and an activist. He was detained on October 20, 2020 for performing a dance without pants in front of a police car. These actions were qualified by the investigation authorities as hooliganism. Meanwhile, as testified by the accused, the actual motives and purposes of this act were protesting through staging a performance, which was accompanied by a partial public exposure (dancing in thongs) in front of a car with police officers in it. Bantsar was kept in custody until the trial. During the trial, which began on March 3, 2021, the defendant went on a dry hunger strike.
Date of birth: 24 February Date of detention: 20 October 2020 Charges indicted: Part 1 of Art. 339 of the Criminal Code - Hooliganism Sentence: 1 1/2 years Penalty: restricted freedom in an open penal facility ("khimiya") Mail address:Open correctional facility No. 9. 210034, Vitebsk, street 3rd Chepinskaya, 39, Belarus Detailed information:https://prisoners.spring96.org/en/person/ihar-bancar