A Russian blogger who was jailed after traveling to a breakaway region of Azerbaijan has petitioned to be extradited to Israel, his lawyer said on July 26.
Israeli blogger Alexander Lapshin was extradited from Belarus to Azerbaijan on Tuesday, a Foreign Ministry source confirmed, two months after being arrested for criticizing Azerbaijan and its president.
The Minsk District Court rejected Israeli blogger Alexander Lapshin’s appeal against the Belarussian Ministry of Justice’s decision to extradite him to Azerbaijan on Thursday.
Russia will act to prevent the extradition of Russian-Israeli blogger Alexander Lapshin to Azerbaijan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a press conference on Tuesday.
Officials in the Israeli Foreign Ministry fear Israeli blogger Alexander Lapshin, who has been under arrest for almost a month in Belarus, may be extradited to Azerbaijan in the next few days.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko criticized on Wednesday a Jewish regional governor in Belarus for not taking the country’s Jewish population “under control” as he had ordered.