On May 27, the Moscow City Court ruled to extradite to Belarus an anti-fascist from Brest Andrei Kazimirov, against whom a criminal case on mass riots was initiated in his homeland. “The Moscow City Court considered the complaints of Kazimirov and his defenders against the decisions of the Deputy Chief Prosecutor of the Russian Federation to extradite Kazimirov to the competent authorities of Belarus. […] The court ruled to recognize the decision of the Deputy Prosecutor General as legal and justified, ”the press service of the court said.
At home, the activist faces from three to eight years in prison.
According to the telegram channel “AChK Belarus”, at the end of August, security officials from the Brest branch of the Investigative Committee came to Kazimirov and invited him for interrogation. Andrei was suspected of involvement in mass riots (part 2 of article 293 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus) during the protests provoked by mass fraud in the presidential elections, and was released on recognizance not to leave.
Fearing persecution, Kazimirov moved to Russia. He was detained in mid-January 2021 in Moscow at the request of the Belarusian authorities and sent to a pre-trial detention center.
This is not the only protester in Belarus, whose extradition is sought by the authorities of the neighboring republic. Thus, Minsk demanded from Russia to hand over the administrator of the opposition telegram-chat “Lida for Life” Nikolai Davidchik, mixed martial arts fighter from Belarus Alexei Kudin and others.