Nazarov, Obid-khon Sobitkhony

Uzbek imam regime critique wanted by the Uzbek authorities and Interpol. Despite allegations by the Uzbek authorities of Obidkhon Nazarov’s involvement in extremist activities, he repeatedly spoke in defense of all religious confessions in Uzbekistan, for freedom of speech, and for other political freedoms. Some arrested near the Imam also state that the imam planned terrorist acts in Sweden (Atayeva, 2012)
State of concern: .
Original citizenship: .
Alleged affiliation: Salafism.
Which stages experienced: Stage 1   Stage 2   Stage 3
Class of most serious incident: .
Date of most serious incident: 2012.
Countries of transit, asylum and/or residence: .
Exiled? Yes.
Category of exile: .

Who, Why and How exiled: Obid kori Nazarov. From 1990 to 1996 was the imam of the Tashkent Friday Mosque “Tukhtaboi.” After he made several critical statements about the disappearance in 1995 of the authoritative religious figure, Abduvali kori Mirzaev, the Uzbek authorities called for his dismissal from religious service. Shortly after, they brought a criminal case against him. In 1998, Obidkhon Nazarov was put on a wanted list. For the following two years, he lived in hiding in Uzbekistan. In 2000, he left Uzbekistan, relocating to Kazakhstan, where he received political refugee status through the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR). In 2006, he was granted political asylum in Sweden (Atayeva, 2012)

Stage 1 details (accusations/ charges/ Interpol notice/ extradition requests): Religious extremism and involvement in terrorist plots ( Atayeva, 2012; The Guardian, 2015)

Stage 3 details (attack/ abduction/ rendition/ torture/ assassination/ death): In 2012, he was shot in the head on the stairs outside his apartment in the remote town of Strömsund. He was in come for several months but he is now out of the hospital ( Ferghana news, 2017).  In 2010 Obidkhon Nazarov had already reported to the Swedish police of his concerns of being followed by suspicious individuals (Atayeva, 2012).  

Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident): Has received asylum in Sweden

Current status: He is out of coma ( Ferghana news, 2017). Swedish prosecutors have accused the Uzbek government of involvement in the attempted murder of a dissident cleric living in Strömsund. Yury Zhukovsky, a 37-year-old Uzbek citizen has been charged with for the attack ( The Guardian, 2015).

Press sources: The Guardian, 2015.  "Swedish prosecutor accuses Uzbek regime of trying to kill dissident", 25 November, 2015. [Online]. Available at: Nadejda Atayeva,  2012. "The Karimov Regime is Accused of Terrorist Activities: Аn Attempt on the Life of Political Émigré Obidkhon Nazarov", 29 February, 2012. [Online]. Available at: Ferghana news, 2017. "Швеция: Переживший покушение и кому имам Обидхон Назаров выздоровел и почти свободно общается", 21 February, 2017. [Online]. Available at: