Russian gay activist Nikolai Alekseev 'applying for political asylum' but friends fear messages are fake

Published: September 17, 2010

Russian gay rights campaigner Nikolai Alekseev is said to be applying for political asylum in Belarus.

The activist was arrested at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport on Wednesday evening but apparently told his partner and a news agency he was safe in Minsk, Belarus, yesterday.

However, it appears that Mr Alekseev has only communicated by text message and supporters are questioning the validity of the messages.

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