Politics 16:33 17/01/2017

Russia opposes extradition of bloger Lapshin to Azerbaijan, FM Lavrov says

Moscow is taking actions to solve the situation around Russian and Israeli citizen Alexander Lapshin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at his annual news conference on Tuesday, referring to the blogger and traveler, who faces extradition to Azerbaijan over his visits to the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR).  

 
Lavrov said Russia is against any criminalization of the visits by journalists and other people to certain territories in different regions. The minister reiterated Moscow opposes the practice of extradition of its citizens to third countries. 
 
To remind, Alexander Lapshin writes a blog in which he records his travels throughout the world. On December 13 he and his wife arrived in the Belarus capital, Minsk. A day later, Lapshin wrote on his Facebook page that he had been arrested at the request of Azerbaijan. He faces sentence from five to eight years of imprisonment.
 
After his visits to NKR in 2011 and 2012, Lapshin’s name was placed on Baku government’s blacklist. The Azerbaijani prosecutor general issued an international warrant for Lapshin’s arrest not only because of his visits to NKR, but also because of his posts, in which he expressed his support for the independence of the region.
 
“Mr. Lapshin received a consular service by our diplomats. We know he is also a citizen of Israel. We look to take all measures to solve the situation with due respect for the rights of a Russian citizen, who is a citizen of Israel at the same time,” the minister noted.


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