15 December 2019, 11:55

Blogger Elvin Isaev arrested in Azerbaijan

Elvin Isaev, a blogger, who lived in Russia, was detained in Ukraine and deported to Azerbaijan, where he was placed into SIZO (pre-trial prison). This was reported by the State Migration Service (SMS) of Azerbaijan.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that this August, a court in Saint Petersburg decided to extradite Elvin Isaev, who criticized Azerbaijani authorities, to Azerbaijan. The blogger was found guilty of violating the regime of stay in Russia.

Isaev himself applied to the SMS and voluntarily underwent a medical examination, after which he was placed into the SIZO, the SMS has reported.

Azerbaijani journalist, Fikret Guseinli, who is in political emigration, believes that Isaev has fallen "victim to deception." "When I learned about Isaev's arrival in Kiev, I was very surprised. I realized that he was sent there deliberately, as part of an operation intended to further extradite him to Azerbaijan," Mr Guseinli wrote in his Facebook.

According to his version, Isaev said that "they had promised him a visa to Slovakia for money." However, it was unrealistic to obtain a visa, at embassies of European countries, for an Azerbaijani citizen who had no official residence status in Ukraine.

Fikret Guseinli believes that Isaev could be "lured to Ukraine by some Azerbaijani political emigrants living in Europe."

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on December 14, 2019 at 11:04 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Faik Medjid; Source: CK correspondent

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