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Russian anti-Putin activist Nikolay Koblyakov seeks political asylum in Bulgaria

Nikolay Koblyakov, who is the founder of French NGO Free Russia (Russie-Liberte), which for year has been organizing protests against Vladimir Putin regime, rejects the charges as politically-motivated and unfounded.

Nikolay Koblyakov, who is the founder of French NGO Free Russia (Russie-Liberte), which for year has been organizing protests against Vladimir Putin regime, rejects the charges as politically-motivated and unfounded.

Russian anti-Putin activist Nikolay Koblyakov, who is currently under house arrest in Bulgaria pending an extradition application from Moscow to face criminal charges of alleged property crimes, has applied for political asylum in Bulgaria, the Bulgarian newswire, Sofia Globe, reported Sept. 3.

 “Bulgaria is a European country,” Koblyakov stated at his court hearing on Sept. 1, as cited by the newswire. “Unfortunately the regime against which I fight and which currently is fighting against me, is a real threat to Europe, and my contribution to this struggle is useful for all free people and countries like Bulgaria.”

 Koblyakov, who holds dual Russian and French citizenship, was arrested at Sofia Airport in late July 2014, following an Interpol arrest warrant requested by Russia.

 On Sept. 1, the Sofia Court ordered Koblyakov to remain under house arrest in Bulgaria. This decision has been publicly questioned by Koblyakov, who claims that being under house arrest has prevented him from exercising his rights as a French citizen. He also stated that there is clearly a need to use all legitimate means to guarantee his rights and added that Bulgarian Constitution indicates that one way to protect your rights was through a request for political asylum.

 “Probably for Bulgaria it would be pretty brave to [grant Koblyakov political asylum],” Koblyakov said, as cited by the newswire. “I understand that it is not like stopping South Stream, for example, but to do something against Russia is still a very serious decision.”

 Koblyakov’s request for political asylum is based on the threat of prosecution and allegedly having been maligned by the Kremlin.

 Russia claims that between 2004 and 2005, Komblyakov embezzled more than EUR 1.2 mln from a French company.

 Koblyakov, who is the founder of French NGO Free Russia (Russie-Liberte), which for year has been organizing protests against Vladimir Putin regime, rejects the charges as politically-motivated and unfounded.

Photo courtesy of www.kremlin.ru.

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