Russia handed over to Belarus the world Thai boxing champion Alexei Kudin. ECHR has banned the extradition of an athlete
Russia extradited to Belarus the world champion in Thai boxing Alexei Kudin, who is accused of participating in protests against Alexander Lukashenko. This was reported by Interfax with reference to Maria Krasikova, who cooperates with the Civic Assistance Foundation. Also, the Belarusian Sports Solidarity Fund wrote about Kudin’s extradition in its telegram channel.
Kudin was extradited to Belarus despite the fact that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) applied interim measures and prohibited his extradition. Krasikova said that she did not yet have confirmation of Kudin’s extradition. But, if the information about the extradition is confirmed, the athlete’s defense will regard this as “abduction” and will demand that the perpetrators be brought to justice, she stressed.
The Sports Solidarity Fund, in turn, announced that Kudin is in jail No. 1 in Minsk.
In Belarus, a criminal case has been opened against Kudin for resisting a police officer or other person protecting public order. He is accused of using force against a police officer at one of the rallies in August 2020. At the same time, the defense claims that during the arrest, Kudin was “severely beaten”.
Kudin, who faces up to five years in prison, was detained in Moscow in January 2021 at the request of Belarus. On July 21, the ECHR ruled that he could not be extradited to Belarus due to the threat of persecution and torture. Despite the decision of the ECHR, the court in Russia on the same day recognized the decision of the Prosecutor General’s Office on extradition as legal.