Man Seeks Asylum in Belarus After FBI Targets Him For Jan 6th Role

( )- A California man who was charged in July with six counts over his alleged involvement in the January 6 melee at the Capitol is seeking asylum in Belarus after fleeing the United States in March.

Evan Neumann, who claims he’s the subject of “political persecution,” told Belarusian state television on Monday that he has been on the run from law enforcement since he was added to the FBI’s Most Wanted list earlier this year.

In an interview segment titled “Goodbye, America,” Belarusian television described Evan Neumann as “a simple American whose shops were burned by Black Lives Matter activists.”

The 48-year-old handbag manufacturer from Mill Valley, California said that at first, he was hiding from law enforcement by traveling from one place to another all across the United States. Then in March, he left the US for Europe.

Neumann was able to leave the country because he received permission to travel to Europe for his business. According to Neumann, his attorney told him it would be a good idea because “it would buy time.”

Neumann traveled through Switzerland, Germany, and Poland before he arrived in Ukraine in mid-March. He rented an apartment in Ukraine for four months, but after suspecting Ukrainian authorities were following him, he fled the country.

Neumann traveled on foot from Ukraine to Belarus in August, crossing through the Ukrainian swamps of Pripyat – which is not far from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Given all the radiation in the exclusion zone of Pripyat, Neumann must glow in the dark by now.

Belarus, the former Soviet Republic just west of Russia, does not have an extradition treaty with the United States.

According to the criminal complaint filed in March, Neumann was charged with six counts for his part in the January 6 melee, including disorderly conduct, violent entry, and assaulting, resisting, and obstructing law enforcement during civil disorder. The charges against him stem from bodycam footage allegedly showing Neumann assaulting a Capitol Hill police officer outside the Capitol.