Markov, Vasiliy

Gender: .
State of concern: .

Who, Why and How exiled:

Vasiliy Markov was a journalist based in Uzbekistan, whom worked "uznews". In 2014, an e-mail hack revealed the involvement of Markov with the news agency. Following the potential of legal charges and the harassment of his family, Markov was forced to flee to France in 2015 (Amnesty International, 2017).

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

Which stages experienced: Stage 1   Stage 2   not Stage 3. (Definitions here.)
Date of most serious incident: 2015.
Violence experienced: .

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

Following the announcement of Markov's involvement with "uznews", police began to visit his house and question him. These visits then extended to his family members, with his mother being regularly visited by the criminal search division of Tashkent (Amnesty International, 2017).

Stage 2 details (arrest/ detention/ extradition):

On May 5th 2011, Markov and his colleague, Ruslan Karimov, were detained in the Kashkadarya region, where they had gone to investigate suicides relating to a lack of employment. They were detained by police for 10 hours, before being sent back to Tashkent in a taxi ( Human Rights Watch, 2011).

International arrest warrant: .

Countries of transit, asylum and/or residence: .

Current status:

In exile in France (Amnesty International, 2017).

Press sources:


Amnesty International (2017). "We Will Find You, Anywhere": The Global Shadow of Uzbekistani Surveillance. [online] Available at: [Accessed 7 Mar. 2018].

Human Rights Watch (2011). Uzbekistan: Attempt to Silence Criticism Backfires. [online] Human Rights Watch. Available at: [Accessed 7 Mar. 2018].