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Belarus Says Alleged U.S. Capitol Hill Rioter Is Seeking Asylum

  • State TV shows interview with man it says is Evan Neumann
  • U.S. says Neumann faces felony charges over Capitol riot
A statue of Vladimir Lenin in front of Government House in Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus. 

A statue of Vladimir Lenin in front of Government House in Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus. 

Photographer: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Belarus state TV showcased an interview with an American fugitive wanted by the FBI who it said was seeking asylum over his alleged involvement in the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then President Donald Trump. 

The man identified as Evan Neumann appeared in the report aired late Sunday on Belarus 1 TV’s flagship news show, which acknowledged it sounded “incredible” that a U.S. citizen was seeking asylum in the former Soviet republic. Belarus has been ruled by the authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko for more than 26 years.