Russia deports Belarusian lawyer linked to Navalny

Uladlen Los, a citizen of Belarus and a lawyer of the Anti-Corruption Foundation in Russia, has told journalists about how his deportation from Russia. According to him, he was taken to the Russian-Belarusian border in handcuffs and with bag on his head.

Uladlen Los was detained on January 21 in the hotel where he had slept because his apartment was being watched by the law enforcers on the eve of the January 23 protests for the release of Alexei Navalny. The lawyer was taken to the Department of Internal Affairs “Danilovsky”. As a result, on January 22 Simonovskiy District Court arrested the lawyer for three days. Uladlen Los was found guilty of allegedly disobeying a police officer (Article 19.3 of the Code of Administrative Offences).

On the same day, the Russian authorities told Uladlen Los to leave Russia by January 25. The Anti-Corruption Foundation lawyer was banned from coming to Russia for three years. But on January 22, Uladlen was arrested for three days for disobeying a police officer.

“After the end of my arrest, I was detained again by unknown people in plain clothes. They handcuffed me and put a bag on my head. After that they loaded me into a van and we drove about ten hours in the direction of the border of the Republic of Belarus,” says Uladlen Los.

The siloviki told the lawyer that he had violated the terms of “voluntary abandonment” of Russia and deported him with a ban on entry into Russia for five years.

Uladlen Los was not detained in Belarus. He was able to leave the country.