Israeli-Russian Blogger Aleksandr Lapshin to Be Tried in Azerbaijan

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Year 07 Mar 2017 Country Azerbaijan Category B. Detention and imprisonment of journalists Source of threat State Partner CPJ , AEJ , EFJ/IFJ , Index Alert level Level 1
07 Mar 2017 Azerbaijan B. Detention and imprisonment of journalists State CPJ , AEJ , EFJ/IFJ , Index Level 1
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Aleksandr Lapshin, an Israeli-Russian travel blogger, was detained in Minsk, Belarus, on 15 December 2016, at the request from Azerbaijan and extradited to Baku on 7 February 2017. Lapshin faces a maximum sentence of eight years in prison on charges of illegally crossing Azerbaijan's state borders during his April 2011, October 2012, and June 2016 visits to Nagorno-Karabakh, and for making "anti-state calls to the public" and criticizing Azerbaijani policies. Currently, Alexander Lapshin is in the Kurdakhani Pre-trial Detention Centre of the Baku Investigative Prison Nr 1.

Updates

14 Sep 2017 : On 14 September 2017, Alexander Lapshin left Azerbaijan.
11 Sep 2017 : On 11 September 2017 Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev pardoned Aleksandr Lapshin.
20 Jul 2017 : On 20 July, Aleksandr Lapshin was sentenced to 3 years in prison by the Baku Court of Grave Crimes.

Follow-ups

11 Sep 2017 : OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media welcomes the pardon and release of Aleksandr Lapshin.
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