22 March 2018

Alexander Lapshin sentenced to 3 years in prison

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The Baku Court of Grave Crimes has sentenced blogger Alexander Lapshin to 3 years in prison. reports that, Lapshin, who holds Russian, Israeli, and Ukrainian citizenship, paid illegal visits to the occupied Azerbaijani territories in April 2011 and in October 2012, violating Azerbaijan’s laws on the state border and passports. He made statements against Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity.

The Azerbaijani Prosecutor General’s Office has opened a criminal case against him on articles 281.2 (public appeals directed against the state) and 318.2 (illegal crossing border of the Azerbaijan Republic), and issued an international arrest warrant for him.

Lapshin was detained in Minsk on Dec. 15, 2016 and extradited to Azerbaijan on February 7, 2017.

2017.07.20 / 12:12
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