Regnum editor appealed to Putin with request for pardon
Yuri Baranchik, detained at the request of the Belarusian authorities in Moscow, asks the President of Russia not to extradite him to Minsk.
Editor-in-chief of analytical agency Regnum Yuri Baranchik, who on Wednesday, March 15, was detained in Moscow at the request of Belarus, sent a petition for political asylum to Russian President Vladimir Putin. This is reported by the Regnum agency with reference to the statement of Baranchik's lawyer.
According to the lawyer, this means that together with the decision on the possibility of extraditing the journalist to Belarus, law enforcement agencies will also have to "resolve the matter of this petition on the merits." The lawyer insists that the prosecution of his client is politically motivated and is related to his professional activities.
As previously the CrimeRussia wrote, after the arrest Baranchik was taken to the Dorogomilovskoe police department of the capital. The agency assumes that the detention of Baranchik was carried out at the request of the Belarusian authorities, which "conduct political persecution of the authors and employees of the agency for far-fetched accusations of inciting ethnic hatred", for which they face up to 12 years of imprisonment, from the beginning of December 2016.
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