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A Jan 6 Patriot Has Just Been Granted Asylum!

A January 6th patriot has been granted asylum in Belarus, according to the country’s state media on Tuesday.

Evan Neumann, a former California resident charged with more than a dozen crimes in Washington related to Jan 6 incident fled the country shortly after the protest last year.

It is unclear at this time whether or not Neumann will ever be allowed to return to the U.S. to live a normal life. Neumann describes his asylum approval as ‘bittersweet’.

The state media stated, 49-year-old Neumann formally applied for asylum after crossing into Belarus near the southwestern city of Pinsk last August. Belarusian authorities confirmed the request was granted on Tuesday, in a video posted by the state-owned television network BelTA, Neumann is seen signing a migration document and shaking hands with a police official.

“Now you are completely under the protection of the Republic of Belarus,” said an official identified by Belta as Yuriy Brazinskiy, an immigration official in Brest, the city where Mr. Neumann is living. The status was valid for “an indefinite period of time,” Mr. Brazinskiy said.

According to NPR on Neumann’s recent asylum status:

He received his new Belarusian identification document from the department of citizenship and migration office in Brest, with reporters looking on.

Belarus claims that the U.S. charges against Neumann are politically motivated. He was granted refugee status almost exactly one year after the first criminal complaint was filed against him last March.

In a report by BBC:

Mr. Neumann told state TV he planned to stay in the Belarusian city of Brest.

“I have started a life here,” he said.

He added that he has plans “to move my family here,” but noted that the decision would ultimately be up to his wife.

Sources: Welovetrump, Npr, Bbc

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