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Belarus refuses to hand out Jehovah's Witnesses follower to Russia

Nikolai Makhalichev

The General Prosecutor's Office of Belarus on 7 April refused to hand out Nikolai Makhalichev to Russia, Belarusian human rights organization Human Constanta wrote on Facebook.

Russia wants Mikhalichev because he is a follower of Jehovah's Witnesses, a religious group banned as a terrorist organization in Russia. In Belarus, Jehovah's Witnesses are officially registered and operate legally. 

The Russian was released after spending 40 days behind bars in Belarus.

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