Poland refused to hand over to the Russian authorities a human rights defender from Buryatia, Yevgeny Khasoev, who participated in the protection of citizens detained at rallies in support of Navalny. About it informs “Siberia. Realities”.
According to Khasoev, the judge decided to refuse to extradite him to the representatives of the Russian Federation, since the criminal case opened against the human rights defender in Russia has signs of falsification.
“The judge announced that it was obvious to her that the Russian authorities, with the help of the case and the scheduled check-up in the mental hospital, were trying to discredit and punish me for providing legal assistance to the participants in the winter actions in support of Navalny,” Khasoev said.
As the newspaper notes, at the end of July, a human rights activist who dealt with cases of victims of police violence was detained in Warsaw at the request of the Interpol national bureau in Moscow. The case on the “legal admissibility of extradition” of Khasoev to the Russian authorities was transferred to the prosecutor’s office, and then to a Polish court.
The Investigative Committee of Buryatia announced the head of the Buryat branch of the human rights organization “Siberia without Torture” Yevgeny Khasoev on the interstate wanted list in the case of threats of violence against a bailiff in April.
Earlier, Khasoev said that he was leaving Russia because he considered the criminal prosecution “politically motivated”. According to the human rights activist, the case could be fabricated in order to place him in a neuropsychiatric dispensary. The Investigative Committee stated that a forensic psychiatric examination was assigned to the human rights defender because of the information “about the presence of the accused in a history of head injuries, to resolve questions about his sanity in a criminal case.”
In February, Khasoev was detained at a court hearing, where he was in the status of a defender of one of the protesters on January 23 and 31. The human rights activist had a conflict with one of the bailiffs, who, according to Khasoev, provoked him. According to the SK, Khasoev called the bailiff to the street and suddenly “took an awl and a folding knife from his pocket, after which he expressed threats of reprisal.”
In Russia, a criminal libel case was also initiated against Khasoev because of the film “I am a policeman who was tortured by policemen.” Previously, the man really served in the police, but left the authorities and took up human rights work.