Doug Ireland , “Knowing Nikolai, it is inconceivable to me that he would request political asylum in Belarus.”, could not have put it better.
Nobody in their right mind would apply for political asylum in Belarus… it is even more totalitarian state than Russia and not even in the Council of Europe. Withdrawn the application to the European Court for a ruling on PRIDE parades… I wouldn’t believe that this was a voluntray statement from Alexei unless he said it in a free western country in front of me ..and probably not even then.
Terrifying. The Foreign Office should be carpeting the Russian Ambassador.
Nikolai Alekseev Confirmed Free and In Moscow
Andy Hardy at UK Gay News has received personal confirmation that Russian activist Nikolai Alekseev is safe, free, and back in Moscow. He has met personally with organizers of Moscow Gay Pride, apparently briefly, and is resting up from his ordeal after unknown authorities seized him at Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport as he was about to board a Swiss Air flight to Geneva on Wednesday. Early this morning Moscow time, he left the following message on facebook:
My dear friends, I just entered Moscow. Thank you to all of you for support. All I want now is to brush my teeth and to shave. I will try to describe all that happened tonight! I never thought so many people care for me, it brings tears to my eyes.