Russian-Israeli Blogger Pardoned by Aliyev

Alexander Lapshin

"His mother, Bella Lapshina, wants to come here, therefore we must wait. He could fly either to Israel or to Russia", Chernin said.

Blogger Alexander Lapshin, who was sentenced to three years in prison in Azerbaijan, was pardoned by President Ilham Aliyev on Monday and now may be deported to Russian Federation or Israel. "Thanks to the vigilance of prison guards, the suicide attempt was thwarted", the ministry's Penitentiary Service said in a statement cited by Azerbaijani media, reported

The blogger was detained in the Belarusian capital of Minsk in December 2016 at Baku's request.

On February 7, 2017, Alexander Lapshin was extradited to Azerbaijan where a Baku Court sentenced him to 3 years imprisonment.

An Azerbaijani court ruled on July 20 that Lapshin illegally crossed Azerbaijan's global borders in Artsakh through Armenia in 2011 and 2012.

Charges included "public calls against the state" and "illegal border crossing".

To remind, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed an order on Monday on pardoning the blogger.

He traveled twice to Nagorno-Karabakh, which is disputed territory with Armenia, and told a court in Azerbaijan earlier this month that he did not know there was an Azeri law against visiting there.

Prior to being pardoned, the blogger attempted to commit suicide in jail.



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