By Rashid Shirinov
Russia’s Embassy in Baku continues to monitor the situation with Russian citizen Alexander Lapshin, detained in Azerbaijan, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on April 12.
Blogger Lapshin, who owns citizenship of several countries, will stand trial in Baku for his illegal visits to the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.
Zakharova said that the period of investigation of Lapshin’s case has been extended to July 15.
“No complaints have been received from Lapshin regarding the detention conditions. Lapshin’s medical examination has been conducted at the request of the Embassy, and we keep control on the situation,” said Zakharova.
The blogger illegally visited Azerbaijan`s Armenia-occupied lands and now is charged under the articles 281.2 (appeals directed against state) and 318.2 (illegal border crossing) of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan. He violated Azerbaijani laws on state border in April 2011 and October 2012.
Helped by his accomplices in the occupied territories, Lapshin paid a number of visits to Azerbaijan`s occupied lands, where he voiced support for "independence" of the illegal regime, and made public calls against Azerbaijan`s internationally recognized territorial integrity on April 6 and June 29, 2016.
As for Marat Ueldanov, Zakharova said that on March 28, the Russian Embassy in Azerbaijan sent a note to the Foreign Ministry with a request to conduct a medical examination of Ueldanov.
The Russian citizen of Armenian origin, Marat Ueldanov, was arrested in early June 2016 in Azerbaijan on charges under the article on illegal acquisition, production, storage and distribution of narcotic drugs on a large scale.
“The Embassy is in constant contact with lawyers and relatives of the detained citizens,” Zakharova said.