A higher court has reversed the decision of Verkh-Isetsky district court of Yekaterinburg to deport Belarusian citizen Ihar Shchuka.
According to the court, they found no elements of an administrative offence (violation of rules of entry or stay in the Russian Federation) in his actions.
“The proceedings have been closed,” the Russian side said.
Shchuka, a Belarusian citizen and member of the National Bolshevik party The Other Russia, attempted to set fire to the monument to the first Russian president near Yeltsin Center in Yekaterinburg on November 7, on the 100th anniversary of the October revolution. He was stopped by security guards, who delivered the man to the police.
As it turned out later, Shchuka is on the wanted list in Belarus for taking part in the fighting on the side of separatists in Donbas.