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SBU has no information about extradition of Azerbaijani blogger Isayev

09.01.2020, 13:13
Photo credit: gapp.az
Photo credit: gapp.az

The Security Service of Ukraine has no information about extradition of blogger Elvin Isaev to Azerbaijan, as the SBU press service said replying to Radio Liberty's request for information.

The journalists asked what grounds Ukraine had to extradite Isayev. "Information on the issues which have been raised is not available at the moment," the SBU replied.

As IMI reported, on December 15, 2019 the State Migration Service of Azerbaijan reported that Ukraine had deported blogger Elvin Isayev to Azerbaijan on December 12 and on December 14, he was arrested, based on the court decision in Baku.

Earlier, ZMINA had reported that Elvin Isayev, correspondent with Azer Freedom TV, went missing in Kyiv on December 12.

Isyaev had been sharply criticizing Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, called him a dictator and revealed several corruption facts in his country. His YouTube channel was registered in 2014 and has had about 20,000 subscribers.

He had lived in Russia since 1998 and three years later Isayev was granted Russian citizenship, as RFE/RL reported.

However, a court in St. Petersburg on August 26 ruled to strip him of Russian citizenship and expel him. Isayev was subsequently placed in a temporary jail for foreign citizens.

His deportation to Azerbaijan in September was suspended based on an interim measure of the European Court of Human Rights called “Rule 39.” He moved to Ukraine that same month.

Ukrainian media started reporting about Isayev’s disappearance in Kyiv, including a dead signal with the mobile phone he was using, on December 12.

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