Evan Neumann of Mill Valley, California, who fled to Belarus to be able to escape legal prices for his half in the tried rebellion on Jan 6, 2021, has given an unique interview to Russia’s state media outlet RT. In his earlier appearance, which was on Belarusian state TV, Neuman inferred that Russia was his most well-liked vacation spot, and Belarus merely occurred to be nearer. Now this man—on the run from the American justice system—appears to be courting refuge from President Putin.
Neumann is needed in the USA on six legal prices associated to the Capitol riot, together with two felonies for assaulting an officer and collaborating in civil dysfunction. The U.S. fugitive’s feedback to the infamous state media outlet appear to be an try to ingratiate himself to the Kremlin and maybe to land in Moscow in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later. He offered RT with a tasty sound bite that’s positive to play effectively in Russian propaganda circuits: “I don’t perceive why Russia is our enemy at this time.” Throughout his earlier interview with Belarusian TV, Neumann condemned the U.S. sanctions towards Russia and Belarus and described them as “a type of terrorism.”
In his look on RT that premiered over the weekend, Neumann claimed to be a registered Democrat, who nonetheless voted for former U.S. President Donald J. Trump in 2016 and 2020. He complained about Trump being unjustly accused and hounded by the media: “There was the Russian collusion accusation. It was simply made up by a gaggle of individuals after which it was pushed by the press… All of this stuff are well-known to not be true. They have been lies.”
In keeping with the legal complaint filed in his case, Neumann was videotaped on January 6, 2021 assaulting and berating Capitol officers within the efficiency of their duties. He defied their calls for to maneuver away from the barricade by calling the officers “little bitches,” “piece of shit” and exclaiming: “You’re nothing.” Neumann allegedly assailed officers and struck them with a metallic barricade. He mentioned: “I’m prepared to die, are you?”
He informed RT, “The police have been very aggressive.” On the similar time, he blamed legislation enforcement for being unprepared for the riots: “It gave the impression to be that the police had made no preparations for a protest, regardless that they knew for weeks or possibly even a month that there had been requires this protest on the Capitol. Neumann claimed that almost all rioters didn’t count on to be criminally charged: “There gave the impression to be anarchy within the USA and the rule of legislation had ceased to exist.”
Regardless of apparently being caught on-camera on Jan. 6, 2021, Neumann denied assaulting the police. He informed RT that he fled the USA as a result of he “didn’t come up with the money for to defend himself.” He mentioned the FBI interviewed him on the airport after which let him go so he “can’t be charged with fleeing.” Neumann accused the U.S. justice system of “political” motives for searching for to imprison him for collaborating in what he described as “an rebellion.”
Throughout his Russian state media pity social gathering, Neumann claimed that Trump supporters in California dwell in concern and function as an underground society: “Everyone is on the down-low… Now and again any individual involves me—secretly, quietly—and tells me that they don’t perceive what’s happening… Yeah, all the pieces needs to be secretive. In any other case, you’re socially ostracized.”
Neumann complained that his “politically incorrect” commentary generated “plenty of hate.” He bitterly griped: “I used to be not invited to dinner events anymore. Effectively, or nearly any events.”
RT has previously hosted fellow insurrectionist Richard Barnett, who was pictured together with his ft on a desk in Nancy Pelosi’s workplace throughout the Capitol riots.
Maybe not realizing the extent of the authoritarian surveillance equipment in Russia, Neumann complained of his fears in regards to the U.S. Web and social media: “I don’t do social media. I’m scared… of Google, Twitter, Fb… This stuff shouldn’t be allowed. Google, what they do is that they know extra about you than you realize about your self.”
Regardless of Neumann’s eagerness to slam the U.S. and defend Russia, some media shops there are already questioning his motives and even evaluating him to Lee Harvey Oswald. Tsargrad TV, generally known as “the Fox Information of Russia,” pondered whether or not Neumann was despatched in to conduct some form of an anti-Russian mission. Trying to dispel such suspicions earlier in November, Neumann defensively told the Russian media outlet NTV: “No, I’m no Lee Harvey Oswald.”
On his resolution to flee from justice to Belarus—of all locations—Neumann informed RT: “There have been only some states that would or would shield me from the USA of America.”
As the truth of his self-inflicted scenario is beginning to hit dwelling, Neumann appears to be ruing his predicament. He informed RT: “Good Lord, I remorse issues… Primary, I promised somebody that I’d stand again within the crowd and I didn’t maintain to that promise… I remorse being impolite to the police… and there’s one different factor, however I gained’t say it, as a result of I must invoke my proper to silence on that.”
The fugitive’s destiny stays unsure. Neumann mentioned that after illegally crossing into Belarus and requesting political asylum, he was detained for a number of days, however was later moved to a different unspecified location. He added: “I consider I’m on some form of a trial interval.” By all appearances, Neumann is striving to go Lukashenko’s—and Putin’s—check.