Regnum editor-in-chief released after being detained on Belarusian request

Regnum editor-in-chief released after being detained on Belarusian request
Yuri Baranchik

The Dorogomilovsky Court in Moscow refused to arrest the journalist, finding the arguments of the prosecution unfounded.⁠

Detained on the night of March 15, editor-in-chief of the analytical editorial news agency Regnum Yuri Baranchik was released after the expiration of the detention, the agency's website report stated.

"The issue of Baranchik's extradition has not yet been resolved," lawyers explained. "There is no refusal to extradite." Lawyers told Regnum that Baranchik was released without a subscription and bail.

At the same time, Regnum editor-in-chief Modest Kolerov told in an interview with Interfax that Baranchik was released on recognizance not to leave the place. "Now, his future fate will be decided by prosecutors," Kolerov said.

Yesterday evening the Dorogomilovsky Court in Moscow refused to arrest the journalist, finding the arguments of the prosecution unfounded.

Belarusian citizen Yuri Baranchik was detained in Moscow on March 15, after which it became clear that Belarusian investigators would seek his extradition. "We believe that our colleague is persecuted in Belarus on political grounds and he can not be extradited," Kolerov said.

In early December of last year, Belarusian citizens Dmitry Alikin, Sergey Shiptenko and Yuri Pavlovtsev were arrested in Belarus, accused of inciting hatred. All three published columns in Russian editions of Regnum, Lenta.Ru and EADaily. After that, the Russian Ambassador to Belarus called the columnists "radical journalists".⁠

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