General Prosecutor’s Office of Belarus prompts Russia to extradite singer Anzhalika Ahurbash

In May 2012, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Belarus initiated a criminal case against Anzhalika Ahurbash for inciting hatred and discord and insulting the President. Now the agency has sent a demand to Russia for the extradition of the Honored Artist of Belarus.

Anzhalika Ahurbash in front of the Belarusian embassy in Moscow. August 23, 2020. Photo: Julia Vityazeva.

On July 2, in her video address, the singer said that she was wanted in Belarus, which demanded her extradition. However, there is no information on Anzhalika Ahurbash in the database of the Russian Interior Ministry.

Earlier, the singer said on the air of the Russian TV channel “Dozhd” that she was not afraid of Russia’s persecution but added that she still did not feel comfortable and safe.

According to the agency, since last August, she had been posting information aimed at inciting social hatred against law enforcement and government officials on the Internet, on social networks, and YouTube. In addition, she published information containing insults to the president, coupled with accusations of him committing particularly grave crimes.

According to the Criminal Code of Belarus, incitement of enmity or discord (part 3 of Article 130) is punishable with up to 12 years of imprisonment. The insult of the president (part 2 of article 368) is punishable with up to 3 years of jail term.