Khidirov, Abror

Gender: .
State of concern: .

Who, Why and How exiled:

Khidirov came to Russia to work in 2013 (Ozodlik, 2019).

Category of exile: . (Definitions here.)
Alleged affiliation: Islamic Movement of Turkestan.

Which stages experienced: Stage 1   Stage 2   not Stage 3. (Definitions here.)
Date of most serious incident: 2017.
Violence experienced: .

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

Abror Khidirov was declared wanted in his homeland in 2013 under Articles 244-2 (“Creation, leadership, participation in religious extremist, separatist, fundamentalist or other prohibited organizations”) and 223 (“Illegal departure abroad or illegal entry to the republic ") of the Criminal Code of the Republic. Khidirov himself claims that he has nothing to do with prohibited religious movements and the charges against him were fabricated. The Moscow-based human rights organization Civic Assistance took it under its protection (Fergana News, 2019). Their lawyers appealed to the European Court of Human Rights with a request to suspend his extradition to Uzbekistan (Nastoyshcheye Vremya, 2019).

Stage 2 details (arrest/ detention/ extradition):

In 2017, the Moscow police stopped him to verify his identity and reportedly arrested him after it became clear that he was on the international wanted list (Ozodlik, 2019). He was held in a remand prison for the whole year; he spent the last seven months in the deportation center in Sakharov (Fergana News, 2019).

A few days before departure from Moscow to Uzbekistan, Khidirov said that despite the decision of the European Court of Human Rights not to extradite him to the authorities of Uzbekistan, he would return to his homeland. According to him, he believed the promises of the new authorities and a fair trial.  While in Uzbekistan, he was detained at the airport of Karshi (Nastoyshcheye Vremya, 2019) on April 1 2019 by representatives of the Navoi ROVD and taken to the police for interrogation. A week later, on April 8, he was released on bail of 10 million soums (1190 US dollars). Khidirov said that during the investigation at the Navoi police station that lasted a week, he was not subjected to pressure and that the police officers behaved appropriately (Ozodlik, 2019).

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

On July 26, 2017, his wife, who flew to Moscow with two young children, was not allowed into Russia and sent back to Uzbekistan (Fergana News, 2019).

International arrest warrant: .

Countries of transit, asylum and/or residence: .

Current status:

Remains in Russia under the protection of Moscow based Civic Assistance as of 2019.

Press sources:

Ozodlik, 2019 ‘Беженца, добровольно вернувшегося в Узбекистан, освободили под залог’, Радио Озодлик<> [accessed 21 May 2019]

Fergana News, 2019 ‘Вернувшегося в Узбекистан Религиозного Беженца Задержали в Аэропорту’ <> [accessed 21 May 2019]

Nastoyshcheye Vremya, 2019 ‘В Узбекистане арестовали беженца. Он вернулся на родину из России и был под защитой ЕСПЧ’, Настоящее Время<> [accessed 21 May 2019]