Ali Feruz has been released!
The journalist, asylum seeker and Amnesty International activist Ali Feruz has been released on February 2 following a court decision in Moscow that determined that he was able to leave Russia for a third country. Ali is currently on his way to Germany.
Khudoberdi Nurmatov, better known under his journalist alias “Ali Feruz” has been detained in Moscow since August 2017, accused of “violation of the rules of entry or stay in the Russian Federation by a foreign citizen”.
Ali has had a difficult path fleeing from discrimination. Ali fled from Uzbekistan in 2009 after he was arrested and tortured by the security forces in Uzbekistan and eventually came to Russia. Since then He has repeatedly tried to claim asylum in Russia and had appealed the Russian immigration authorities’ refusal to grant him refugee status.
Amnesty supporters around the world urged the Russian authorities for the immediate release of Ali Feruz, ensuring that he was not deported to a country where he was going be at real risk of torture.
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Khudoberdi Turgunalievich Nurmatov, born February 1986, writes for the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta under the pseudonym Ali Feruz, covering issues that include disability rights, and the rights of refugees and migrants from Central Asia. He was born in Uzbekistan and spent his childhood in both Uzbekistan and Russia. According to Khudoberdi Nurmatov, he was forced to flee Uzbekistan in 2008 after he was detained and tortured by officers of the Uzbekistani National Security Service for refusing to be their secret informant.
Khudoberdi Nurmatov was arrested and detained on 1 August 2017 in Moscow and accused, under part 3.1 of Article 18.8 of the Russian Code of Administrative Violations, of “violation of the rules of entry or stay in the Russian Federation by a foreign citizen”. On the same day, he was taken to Basmannyi Court in Moscow. The judge issued Khudoberdi Nurmatov a 5,000 rouble (USD 80) fine and ruled that he must be forcibly returned to Uzbekistan. The journalist was taken from the court room to a deportation centre in Moscow where he is currently detained.
On 16 March 2017, Khudoberdi Nurmatov was detained by police and wrongly accused of violating Russia’s immigration regulations. At that time, Khudoberdi Nurmatov’s application for temporary asylum in Russia was still under consideration. He was released as he had the right to be in Russia until a decision was taken on his status and all appeal options exhausted. Later, the journalist learnt that his asylum application had been refused. He filed an appeal against the decision before the Zamoskvoretsky district court in Moscow. The court refused to consider the appeal, but failed to notify Khudoberdi Nurmatov. Khudoberdi Nurmatov only learnt the court’s dismissal of his appeal from the police at his hearing on 1 August.
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