Over 300 athletes ask not to extradite fighter Kudzin to Belarus

Alyaksei Kudzin. Photo: mmaboxing.ru

The Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation has sent a letter in defense of fighter Alyaksei Kudzin to the State Duma, the Prosecutor’s Office and the Russian Olympic Committee, the BSSF wrote on Facebook.

The appeal was signed by 322 honored athletes.

Among the signatories are Mikalai Sihnevich, Natallia Zverava, Melitsina Stanyuta, Vital Hurkou, Alena Leuchanka, Yahor and Mikita Meshcharakou, Alyaksandra Herasimenya, Katsyaryna Snytsina, Volha Barabanshchykava, Dzmitry Valent, Elvira Herman, Vasil Khamutouski, Alyaksandra Ramanouskaya, Natallia Leshchyk, Dzmitry Asanau and many others.

MMA fighter Alyaksei Kudzin, who had knocked out a policeman in Maladzechna, was detained in Moscow. The world champion in kickboxing and Thai boxing had participated in the August protests. After his arrest he spent several weeks in pre-trial detention in Zhodzina jail, and on August 21 he was transferred to house arrest.

On 19 September, a trial was to begin in Maladzechna. Kudzin was charged under part 2 of article 363 of the Criminal Code – “Resistance to an officer of internal affairs or another person guarding public order”. The maximum penalty is up to five years of imprisonment.

Alyaksei didn’t show up at the hearing, it was reported that he had left Belarus.

It was recently reported that Kudzin was detained for two months in Moscow.