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Alert created on: 07 Mar 2017 n° 24/2017 Azerbaijan

Israeli-Russian Blogger Aleksandr Lapshin to Be Tried in Azerbaijan

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CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
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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.
Progress
11 Sep 2017: On 11 September 2017 Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev pardoned Aleksandr Lapshin.   EFJ/IFJ statement: "Azerbaijan: EFJ/IFJ welcome release of Mehman Aliyev and Alexander Lapshin"
Updates
28 Mar 2018
In February 2018, Lapshin filed an application against Azerbaijan at the ECtHR.
14 Sep 2017
On 14 September 2017, Alexander Lapshin left Azerbaijan.
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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