Protest of the organization Russie-Liberté (Free Russia) before the Russian Embassy in Paris. Photo: personal blog of Nicholay Koblyakov

Nikolay Koblyakov, founder of the French NGO “Free Russia” (Russie-Liberté), which for years has organized protests against Putin’s regime in defense of “Pussy Riot” and of support for Russian opposition, repressed by the Kremlin, has been arrested at Sofia Airport yesterday, July 29, 2014,.

Koblyakov, who has French and Russian citizenship, risks extradition to Russia.

The French Embassy has been notified and has contacted Bulgarian authorities, however, it does not have any other information or details, Bivol learned.

Approached for comment, the press office of the Interior Ministry initially said it could not confirm the information about Koblyakov’s arrest. Later they said Koblyakov was arrested by order of Interpol.

The Prosecution office: No such case for us!

The speaker of the Prosecution office initially declined comments on the case, but later Malina Alexandrova from the press office  said, that “the Prosecution is not aware about such a case”.

However, if a person is detained in Bulgaria a prosecution order is needed to extend the first 24 hours of the initial detention to 72 hours.

According to the latest information (18h local time) Kobliakov left the Sofia Airport and is on the road to the National Investigation Service. This means a 72 hours detention order has been issued by a prosecutor.

The case is promising to turn into huge scandal on the backdrop of EU and United States sanctions against the regime in Moscow.

Expect further details


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