ArmInfo. Head of the Center for Regional Studies Richard Kirakosyan is convinced that the amnesty of the Russian-Israeli blogger Alexander Lapshin by the President of Azerbaijan is connected with the decision of Israel to suspend supplies of AR weapons.
"I believe that Aliyev's serious impact on this decision was caused by Israel's suspension of arms supplies to Azerbaijan," Kirakossian said September 11 in Yerevan at the round table "Security and Diplomacy in the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict. A new stage?>
In his turn, Deputy Director of the Caucasus Institute Sergey Minasyan also believes that this is connected with the suspension of the implementation of the weapons contract. "But, one must take into account the fact that the Azerbaijani authorities also linked amnesty with the attempt of suicide by Lapshin in the cell. I also would not ignore the current visit of Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov to Israel," Minasyan said.
Previously, Azerbaijani media reported that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed an order to amnesty Alexander Lapshin.
Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan for Social and Political Affairs Ali Hasanov noted that according to the order, Lapshin is released from serving the remaining term of punishment in Azerbaijan and, probably, will be extradited to Israel in the near future. Hasanov also said that on September 10, Lapshin attempted to commit suicide in the institution where he served his sentence.
To remind, Alexander Lapshin, a citizen of Israel and Russia, was sentenced to three years of imprisonment by the Baku Crimes Court on July 20, 2017 for three years of imprisonment. Even a public "remorse" in the courtroom for visiting Artsakh, a statement on the need to resolve the Karabakh conflict within the framework of Azerbaijan's interests, did not help the blogger to avoid Azerbaijani "justice". Although, perhaps, Lapshin's "repentance" helped him to soften the measure of punishment, since earlier the prosecutor had demanded for him 6.5 years of imprisonment.
To note, Lapshin was declared by the Azerbaijani authorities for international search after visiting Artsakh. Later he was arrested in Belarus and extradited to Azerbaijan. Attempts by the MFA of Russia and Ukraine (Lapshin was a citizen of these states and Israel) to correct the situation proved futile.
ArmInfo. The statement of the blogger Alexander Lapshin convicted in Baku on extradition to Israel was transferred to the Justice Ministry of Azerbaijan, the verdict on the blogger's case takes effect on August 14. This was reported to RIA Novosti by Lapshin's lawyer Eduard Chernin. "The application for extradition was transferred to the Ministry of Justice," Chernin said. He added that extradition is possible only after the court verdict comes into force. "The sentence comes into force approximately on the 14th," the lawyer said.
ArmInfo. Yerevan responded to Azerbaijani court verdict related to the bloger Alexander Lapshin.
ArmInfo.Blogger Alexander Lapshin has been sentenced to three years of imprisonment by the verdict of the Azerbaijani court, Azerbaijani media reported.
ArmInfo. Russia is taking all possible measures to protect Alexander Lapshin's rights, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Feb 15.