Feruz, Ali

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Who, Why and How exiled:

Ali Feruz is a citizen of Uzbekistan who grew up in Russia before returning to Uzbekistan after he finished school (Fergana News, 2012). Feruz was detained and tortured by the Uzbek National Security Service in 2008 after they had tried to recruit him, and fled the country eventually arriving in Russia (Amnesty International, 2017). He sought asylum in Russia in 2011 and began working for the investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta (Wilford, 2017). He reported on issues such as the rights of refugees and migrants from Central Asia and disability rights (Amnesty International, 2018).

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

Which stages experienced: not Stage 1   Stage 2   not Stage 3. (Definitions here.)
Date of most serious incident: 2017.
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Stage 2 details (arrest/ detention/ extradition):

He was arrested in March 2017 by Russian authorities who accused him of breaking immigration laws (Socialist Alternative, 2018).

After his passport was stolen in 2012 and he was left without necessary documentation, Feruz had repeatedly tried to claim asylum in Russia and had appealed the Russian immigration authorities’ decision not to grant him refugee status (Amnesty International, 2018). On 16th March 2017, Feruz was detained by police and wrongly accused of violating Russia’s immigration rules (Amnesty International, 2017b). At this point, his application for temporary asylum in Russia was still under review, so he was released and legally living in Russia until the decision was made and appeal options exhausted (Amnesty International, 2017b). Feruz learned that his asylum application had been declined and his later appeal was refused, which he only found out about when he was arrested and detained in Russia on the 1st August 2017 (Amnesty International, 2017b). He was told by a judge at Moscow’s Basmanniy Court that he should be deported to Uzbekistan because he had been living in the country illegally (Wilford, 2017). On the 2nd February 2018 a court decision in Moscow determined that Feruz was able to leave Russian for a third country (Amnesty International, 2018).

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

In 2008,  he had been arrested and tortured in Uzbekistan due to his opposition to the brutal Karimov regime ( Socialist Alternative, 2018).

Other actions during Stages 1–3 (dispossession/ overseas assets frozen/ intimidation/ action against associates/ …):

In 2008,  he had been arrested and tortured in Uzbekistan due to his opposition to the brutal Karimov regime (Socialist Alternative, 2018).

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Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident):

He has received political asylum in Germany. In  February 2018, Russian authorities granted Ali to seek asylum in a  third country (Socialist Alternative, 2018).

Current status:

In mid February of 2018, Feruz arrived in Germany after spending six months in the Russian detention centre (RFERL, 2010).

Press sources:

Amnesty International. (2017a). Demand the Immediate Release of Gay Human Rights Activist Ali Feruz. Available: https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/russia-release-gay-human-rights-activist-ali-feruz/. Last accessed 25th Feb 2018.

Amnesty International. (2017b). Russian Federation: Supreme Court cancels deportation order for activist Ali Feruz. Available: https://www.amnesty.ca/get-involved/take-action-now/russian-federation-supreme-court-cancels-deportation-order-activist-ali. Last accessed 26th Feb 2018.

Amnesty International. (2018). Ali Feruz Has Been Released! .Available: http://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/good-news/ali-feruz-has-been-released. Last accessed 26th Feb 2018.

Fergana News . (2012). The Supreme Court of Russia Overturned the Decision to Deport Ali Feruza. Available: http://www.fergananews.com/news/28039. Last accessed 26th Feb 2018.

Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty (RFERL). (2018). Journalist Ali Feruz: "I'd Rather Die" Than Return to Uzbekistan. Available: https://www.rferl.org/a/uzbek-journalist-russia-human-rights-ali-feruz/29058736.html. Last accessed 26th Feb 2018.

Independent. (2017). Russian Gay Rights Facing 'Death Sentence' as Authorities Threaten to Deport him to Uzbekistan . Available: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ali-feruz-khodoberdi-nurmatov-gay-rights-novaya-gazeta-journalist-deportation-russia-uzbekistan-a7878746.html. Last accessed 26th Feb 2018

Socialist Alternative (2018). JOURNALIST/HUMAN RIGHTS’ ACTIVIST, ALI FERUZ, FREED FROM RUSSIAN JAIL. 19 Feb, 2018.[Online].Available at: https://www.socialistalternative.org/2018/02/19/journalist-human-rights-activist-ali-feruz-freed-russian-jail/Last accessed 6th April,2018