PRAGUE — Czech authorities have denied asylum to a Russian man convicted for a social-media post stating that the Soviet Union collaborated with Nazi Germany and jointly “unleashed” World War II by attacking Poland. Vladimir Luzgin, an auto detailer from the central Russian city of Perm, was informed of the decision on his asylum request during a May 15 meeting at the Czech Interior Ministry. “They explained that they didn’t find grounds for my political persecution,” a visibly deflated Luzgin told RFE/RL outside the Czech Interior Ministry in Prague following the meeting. “Of course I’m disappointed,” he said, adding that “life goes on.” The Czech authorities wrote that it “was not within their expert competence” to “engage in polemics” regarding the truthfulness of the historical events in question, and noted a lack of detail in Luzgin’s asylum application as reasons for the denial. “He did not encounter any negative reactions personally [in Russia], and he was not exposed to any action that could be described as persecution,” the authorities said in a written judgement. “I thought I was going to quit smoking today,” the 39-year old said as he lit up a cigarette. He now has 15 days to decide… Read full this story
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