A January 6 rioter on the FBI Most Wanted list has been granted asylum in Belarus after fleeing the US to evade charges against him.
Evan Neumanna former resident of California, claimed to be the victim of political persecution since he fled to Europe last year after being involved in a hurricane on the Capitol. Neumann was charged with assault, violent trespass, disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and multiple counts of violence against Capitol police.
BelTA, a state-run media agency, released a video on Tuesday showing Neumann signing an immigration document and receiving asylum from an immigration official.
“You are now completely under the protection of the Republic of Belarus,” the official said, according to a translation from Washington Post.
“I have mixed emotions today,” Neumann said in a statement released by the BBC. “I am very happy that Belarus has taken an interest in me. I am very sad to find myself in a situation where I have problems in my own country.”
Months ago, Neumann told Belarusian state media that when he fled the US, he traveled through Europe before renting an apartment in Ukraine. He claimed Ukrainian authorities were tracking him, so he fled into the wilderness before illegally crossing the border into Belarus, where he was detained by border agents.
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko is an ally of Vladimir Putinand both leaders used the Capitol riot to evade criticism for their proxy crackdowns on dissidents.
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