Russia to extradite one more protester to Belarus

A Belgorod court has ruled to extradite 31-year-old Belarusian citizen Vadzim Duboyski, reports. In Belarus he is accused of ‘mass riots’ (Article 293 of the Criminal Code).

The Brest resident was detained during one of the protest rallies in August, 2020. According to Duboyski, he was kept and beaten in the basement of Brest House of Justice for three days, then he was released. When Duboiski had the battery-induced injuries verified, he was detained and taken to the Investigative Committee. Having spent a week in the detention centre, he had to sign a written pledge not to leave.

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In September, Vadzim left for Moscow, which resulted on his being put on the wanted list in connection with his alleged involvement in the ‘mass riots’ case. Duboyski’s defence lawyer Dzyanis Reva received a document from the Prosecutor General’s Office; it contained the following descriptions of his client’s actions: ‘together with other people, he [Duboyski] moved at least three benches to the roadway, thus participating in the construction of barricades’, ‘he was breaking paving slabs’. In accordance with the authorities’ version, ‘one of the police officers suffered minor injuries, at least twenty-five officers were beaten’ during the above mentioned protest rally.

On April 11, an officer from Krasnaya Yaruga police station called Duboyski’s sister and reported that her brother was detained for illegally crossing the border. Later, he was transferred to the pre-trial detention centre Nr 3 in Russia’s Belgorod.

The Russian Federation has repeatedly delivered people who were spotted in participating in the post-election protests to Belarus. For example, in August, Maladzechna district court passed a verdict in the high-profile case of boxer and MMA fighter Alyaksei Kudzin who was detained in Russia at the beginning of 2021. He was sentenced to 2.5 years of imprisonment in a minimum security penal colony and later recognised as a political prisoner.

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