There are no negotiations for blogger Alexander Lapshin but all possible legal actions are being taken to defend him, APA cited Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Wednesday.
“He has Russian citizenship as well. So he is a citizen of our country. We continue defending his interests in accordance with the law,” Peskov added.
Blogger Lapshin was extradited to Azerbaijan from Belarus on Feb. 7.
Earlier, the Supreme Court of Belarus rejected the complaint filed by Lapshin’s lawyer regarding his extradition to Azerbaijan.
On Jan. 26, Alexei Stuk, deputy prosecutor general of Belarus, issued a ruling on Lapshin’s extradition to Azerbaijan. The Minsk City Court upheld this decision.
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 calls directed against the state) and 318.2 (illegal crossing border of the Azerbaijan Republic), and issued an international arrest warrant for him.