High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova has said in a statement that blogger Alexander Lapshin’s extradition is unacceptable. The statement reads:
I consider it unacceptable to extradite Russian citizen, independent journalist Alexander Lapshin, from Belarus to Azerbaijan.
Article 61, Part 1 of the Russian Constitution states plainly, “A citizen of the Russian Federation may not be deported from the Russian Federation or extradited to another state”. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and related agencies have supported my position.
At the same time, I would like to remind Russian citizens going abroad that it is necessary to study and observe laws of foreign states.