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Posted 26 January 2017 - 04:35 PM

 
Attorney: Lapshin case is perilous risk for Armenia citizens
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YEREVAN. – The case involving Israeli Russian blogger Alexander Lapshin contains a potential risk for the freedom of movement of Armenian citizens.

International law specialist and attorney Ara Ghazaryan stated about the aforesaid, commenting, at the request of Armenian News-NEWS.am, on the fact that numerous Armenian citizens also have visited Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), and therefore, theoretically, they likewise may be subject to prosecution, just like foreign citizens that are on the Azerbaijani “blacklist” of Karabakh visitors.

 

“Azerbaijan is attempting to extend its jurisdiction on a territory on which it has no administration,” noted Ghazaryan.

In his words, even though Azerbaijani authorities are accusing Lapshin of several serious charges to “strengthen” their claims, it is apparent that they actually are guided by political considerations.

After his visits to Nagorno-Karabakh in 2011 and 2012, famous blogger Alexander Lapshin was “blacklisted” by Azerbaijan.

In June 2016, however, he paid a visit to Azerbaijan, but with a Ukrainian passport. Subsequently, he issued several articles criticizing the Azerbaijani authorities. Afterward, the Azerbaijani authorities issued an international search for this famous blogger.

On December 15, 2016, he was detained in the Belarus capital city of Minsk, and based on this international search.

Baku demands his extradition to Azerbaijan, for visiting Artsakh.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and US Department of State Spokesperson John Kirby, however, had spoken against Lapshin’s detention and such extradition, noting the importance of upholding freedom of speech.

On January 17, however, the Prosecutor’s Office of Belarus decided to grant the Baku authorities’ request for Lapshin’s extradition to Azerbaijan.

And Alexander Lapshin’s court appeal of the aforesaid prosecutor’s office decision will be heard on Thursday.


 
 
 
 
 

 



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Posted 11 February 2017 - 08:49 PM

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Interpol Denies Role in Russian-Israeli Blogger’s Arrest
February 10, 2017

YEREVAN 9RFE/RL) — Contrary to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s claims, Interpol has reportedly said that it did not issue an international arrest warrant for Russian-Israeli blogger Alexander Lapshin who was controversially extradited to Azerbaijan this week.

Lukashenko claimed on February 3 that Lapshin was arrested in Minsk in December because “Azerbaijan appealed to Interpol, not to us.” “We detained him in accordance with Interpol’s decision and must hand him over to Azerbaijan in accordance with all laws and regulations,” he told a news conference in the Belarusian capital.

Lapshin was handed over to Azerbaijan on February 7 to face charges of illegal entry into Azerbaijani territory which stem from his past trips to Nagorno-Karabakh. The extradition was criticized by Russia and Armenia.

The Armenian police said on Friday that they have asked Interpol to clarify whether it indeed helped the Azerbaijani authorities arrest the 40-year-old blogger.

In a written reply publicized by an Armenian police spokesman, the international police organization’s General Secretariat said: “We have checked and confirm that the subject is unknown to [Interpol] databases.”

“We also have transferred your request to our legal department and will inform you as soon as we have more information,” added the secretariat based in Lyon, France.

Belarus’s Office of the Prosecutor-General confirmed later in the day that Lapshin had not been placed on an international wanted list. A spokesperson for the law-enforcement body told the RIA Novosti news agency that the blogger was detained in accordance with a treaty signed by former Soviet republics making up the Commonwealth of Independent States.

 

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Posted 11 February 2017 - 09:00 PM

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February 8, 2017

YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — Armenia on Wednesday strongly condemned Belarus, a fellow member of two Russian-led alliances of ex-Soviet states, for arresting and extraditing to Azerbaijan a Russian-Israeli blogger who has repeatedly visited Nagorno-Karabakh.

A senior member of the governing Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) lashed out at Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and said Yerevan should seek Belarus’s expulsion from one of those blocs: the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

The blogger, Alexander Lapshin, was flown to Baku late on Tuesday immediately after Belarus’s Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling authorizing his extradition to Azerbaijan because of his trips to Karabakh. Lukashenko, who has ruled the former Soviet republic for more than two decades, predicted such a verdict late last week when he strongly defended Lapshin’s arrest in Minsk.

“The persecution of Alex

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February 8, 2017

YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — Armenia on Wednesday strongly condemned Belarus, a fellow member of two Russian-led alliances of ex-Soviet states, for arresting and extraditing to Azerbaijan a Russian-Israeli blogger who has repeatedly visited Nagorno-Karabakh.

A senior member of the governing Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) lashed out at Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and said Yerevan should seek Belarus’s expulsion from one of those blocs: the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

The blogger, Alexander Lapshin, was flown to Baku late on Tuesday immediately after Belarus’s Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling authorizing his extradition to Azerbaijan because of his trips to Karabakh. Lukashenko, who has ruled the former Soviet republic for more than two decades, predicted such a verdict late last week when he strongly defended Lapshin’s arrest in Minsk.

“The persecution of Alex






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