Akbarov, Isomiddin

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Who, Why and How exiled:

He left Uzbekistan for Russia in the 1990s and worked as an imam in the Tyumen Oblast (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 2010). He was known about Isommitin Akbarov, he was born in the Fergana Valley of Uzbekistan, he lived in the Tyumen region since the mid-1990s. Since 1997, he was the Imam of the mosque "Nur Islam" in Novy Urengoy. It is also known that Isomitin was a fervent defender the rights of Muslims. In 2009, he had a conflict with the administration of Novy Urengoy. The mosque, which was handed over to the community in 1996, was in an emergency condition. It had to be demolished and rebuild. However, the place designated for the construction of the new mosque was given to another organization - the Imam of the Center for Spiritual Administration of Muslims (Ufa). In addition, Isomitin appealed to Patriarch Kirill to open Orthodox churches for Muslims (Комсомольская Правда, 2010).

Category of exile: . (Definitions here.)
Alleged affiliation: Alleged religious extremist.
He was repeatedly tried to be alleged with affiliation to an extremist organization, but the security services couldn't prove it (Коммерсантъ, 2012).

Which stages experienced: Stage 1   not Stage 2   Stage 3. (Definitions here.)
Date of most serious incident: 2010.
Violence experienced: .

Stage 1 details (accusations/ charges/ Interpol notice/ extradition requests):

One of Akbarov's parishioners, Nafis Shaimukhammetov, was allegedly involved in terrorist acts in the Russian cities of Perm and Buynaksk. In September 2010, around 100 worshippers in the area were questioned by security forces. The  Moscow newspaper "Komsomolskaya Pravda" reported that the parishioner was actively recruiting people to join Islamic extremist groups operating in the North Caucasus (RFE/RL, 2010).

Stage 3 details (attack/ abduction/ rendition/ torture/ assassination/ death):

Akbarov was shot dead in Tyumen on 10 October 2010. Assassins shot at his car. Friends and relatives believe security services were involved (RFE/RL, 2010).


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Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident):

Long-term resident of Russia.

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Press sources:

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, "Ethnic Uzbek Imam Slain in Russia's Tyumen," October 12, 2010. [Online]. http://www.rferl.org/content/Ethnic_Uzbek_Imam_Slain_In_Russias_Tyumen/2188042.html.


Комсомольская Правда, 2010. "Исомитдин Акбаров погиб на месте от множественных пулевых ранений". 11.10.2010. [Online]. http://www.tumen.kp.ru/daily/24573/744641/


Коммерсантъ, 2012. "В убийстве священнослужителя нашли след заказа". 24.05.2012.[Online]. https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/1941600