A citizen of Israel and Russia as blogger Alexey Lapshin, was sentenced by the Baku court of grave crimes sentenced to three years in prison for the visiting of Nagorno Karabakh.
Lapshin was charged with illegally crossing state borders and appeals to violation of territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. The Prosecutor demanded for blogger 6,5 years of imprisonment.
On the eve of sentencing lapshyn not pleaded guilty, but said about repentance.
«I do not agree with the charges. I have been in 126 countries. Do not feel guilty. I did not need called. To the people of Azerbaijan my only fault is moral, and in any case not in the legal field. Understand how the Karabakh important for Azerbaijan. But I under no circumstances did not engage in criminal connection with the Armenian authorities,» – quoted haqqin.az appearance of the defendant. Lapshin expressed hope that the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh will be settled within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. «I regret what I did, regret what, go to Karabakh, brought suffering to its people, experiencing the hardships of the occupation. I had no idea about the occupation. Being here, I have experienced only good attitude», he said.
Blogger Alexander Lapshin (1976) was detained in Minsk on the night of December 15, 2016. The reason for the arrest was the request of Azerbaijani authorities, who had previously announced his international search for the violation of the law «On state border» and the migration code. As reported by Azerbaijani media, this was due to the visits of A. Lapshin in Nagorno-Karabakh. His name was included by the Baku authorities in the «black list» in 2011. However, in June 2015, as reported by Azerbaijani media, Lapshin entered Azerbaijan through Georgia on the Ukrainian passport.
The Israeli foreign Ministry and the Russian foreign Ministry tried unsuccessfully to prevent his extradition to Azerbaijan. Knesset member Ksenia Svetlova («Zionist camp») demanded that the government take more active steps aimed at the release of the Israeli citizen who served in combat units of the IDF.
7 Feb Alexander Lapshin was a special flight delivered from Minsk to Baku. The extradition was carried out shortly after the Supreme court of Belarus rejected the appeal Lapshin.