Maksim Tereshkov became chairman following the reporting-electoral conference of members of the Minsk Regional Bar Association on 28 January 2022. Maksim has become one of the symbols of repression in the Belarusian legal profession. Since 2020, at least 16 lawyers of the Association have been deprived of their licenses. Maksim Tereshkov was a witness for the prosecution in a trumped-up case against attorney Andrei Mochalov. His conflicting testimony and that of former Chairwoman Irina Smirnova constituted the basis of the criminal case. A detailed transcript of the trial can be found at this link.