JERUSALEM (JTA) — The president of Azerbaijan has pardoned an Israeli blogger who was sentenced to three years in prison in Azerbaijan for illegally entering Nagorno-Karabakh.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed the pardon on Monday for Alexander Lapshin and it went into effect immediately, Haaretz reported.
In July, Lapshin, 40, who also holds Russian and Ukrainian citizenship, appealed to Israel to extradite him from Azerbaijan, so that he could be close to his family, including a young child.
Lapshin, of Haifa, writes a Russian-language travel blog called Life Adventures that chronicles his trips to 122 countries, as well as his life in Israel.
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