Jan. 6 suspect who fled U.S. granted refugee status by Belarus

An American man who fled the U.S. after being charged with assaulting police officers during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was granted refugee status in Belarus, according to a Belarusian state-owned news agency.

The Belarusian Telegraph Agency reported that the man, Evan Neumann, was notified Tuesday that country’s Interior Ministry granted him refugee status. An immigration official, Yuri Brazinsky, said Neumann illegally crossed into Belarus in August 2021 from Ukraine.

“He explained that he noticed surveillance there, began to fear for his life and health. He took with him a map, a backpack with things and crossed the state border in the area of responsibility of the Pinsk border guard, where he was immediately detained,” Brazinsky told the state news agency.

Neumann said in an interview with the news agency, “I feel safe in Belarus. Calm. I like the country. I have mixed feelings today. I am glad because Belarus has taken care of me. I am upset because I found myself in such a situation that there were problems in my native country.”

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