Babadjanov, Kudrat

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Who, Why and How exiled:

IWPR correspondent and editor Babajanov, is an Uzbek journalist. He fled the country in 2005, following Andijan events (Ferghana news, 2006).

The nationwide campaign against independent media outlets that followed the massacre in Andijan resulted in a journalistic exodus from Uzbekistan. Bureaus of RL/RFE, BBC, and office of IWPR - foreign media outlets employing a great deal of local correspondents - were closed in Uzbekistan. Lots of correspondents who had spoken up on what was happening in the country left Uzbekistan for fear of arrest or reprisals (Ferghana  news, 2006).

Category of exile: . (Definitions here.)
Alleged affiliation: Journalist.

He is the brother of Shukhrat and Khurmat Babadjanov, also in this database.

Which stages experienced: Stage 1   not Stage 2   not Stage 3. (Definitions here.)
Date of most serious incident: 2005.
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Stage 1 details (accusations/ charges/ Interpol notice/ extradition requests):

Alerted by the reprisals taking place all over Uzbekistan, Babajanov moved to Kyrgyzstan (Ferghana news, 2006).

In April 2017, his mother was intimidated by a group of people in her house. The humiliations were an attack against the journalistic work of her sons (Centre 1, 2017). Kudrat Babadjanov has also two brothers Shukhrat and Khurmat who work in the Czech Republic on the radio "Ozodlik" (Centre 1, 2017).

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Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident):

In 2006, he has received political asylum in Sweden (Ferghana news, 2006). Together with his other Uzbek colleagues in Sweden they publish the newspaper Erk [Freedom] in the Russian and Uzbek languages, they post articles in Internet, and arrange sporadic protest actions (Ferghana news, 2006)

Current status:

He is currently living in Sweden and is the founder of the human rights blog Eltuz (Centre 1, 2017).

Press sources:

Ferghana news, 2006. 'Journalists from Uzbekistan settle in Sweden and even organize protest actions' July 19, 2006. [Online]. Available at:

Centre 1, 2017. 'Матери журналистов с радио «Озодлик» угрожали расправой'. April, 19, 2017. [Online]. Available at: