Nizamov, Avazbek

Gender: .
State of concern: .

Who, Why and How exiled:

Avazbek Nizamov, an Uzbek  national who moved to Russia between 2011 and 2012, seeking employment (ECHR, 2014).

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

Affiliated with :Nizamov and Others v. Russia (ECHR, 2014)

Avazbek Nizamov, born 1992; Khakim Dzhalalbayev, born 1983; Rakhmatullo Mukhamedkhodzhayev, born 1989; Olim Dzhalalbayev, born 1979. All Uzbek nationals who moved to Russia between 2011 and 2012, seeking employment (ECHR, 2014)

Which stages experienced: Stage 1   Stage 2   not Stage 3. (Definitions here.)
Date of most serious incident: 2012.
Violence experienced: .

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

Indicted on 15 October 2012 by the Uzbek authorities on charges of participation in an extremist religious group known as the Islamic Movement of Turkestan. Also charged with attempting to overthrow the constitutional order in Uzbekistan. Their arrest was ordered and their names put on a wanted list (ECHR, 2014).

Stage 2 details (arrest/ detention/ extradition):

Arrested on 15 November 2012 by Russian authorities at Vnukovo airport in Moscow. Detained pending extradition to Uzbekistan. Russia refused to extradite them as their 'crimes' were not illegal under Russian law. All 4 were, however, re-arrested as illegal aliens and they were ordered to return to Uzbekistan. The ECHR ruled in May 2014 that their expulsion would violate Article 3 of the Convention, citing that they were at risk of ill-treatment if returned (ECHR,  2014).

International arrest warrant: .

Countries of transit, asylum and/or residence: , .

Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident):

Avazbek Nizamov and three others applied for asylum at various times after December 2012, but their requests were refused (European Court of Human Rights,  2014).

Current status:

He ( as well as his associates) have received temporary asylum in Russia after the ECHR ruled that their expulsion would violate the Convention (European Court of Human Rights,  2014).

Avazbek Nizamov stayed in Russia. It is known that in the spring of 2015 he was in Kaluga in a special institution of the migration service for temporary detention of foreign citizens (Белгазета,2016). 

According to the lawyer, from the Kaluga special institution, he and his associates were released in the spring of 2015. But after the release on the second day, all four disappeared. Two of them appeared in the Leningrad region, the rest could not be found. The lawyer applied to the police about the abduction of these citizens by special services (Белгазета,2016). 

In 2016, Avazbek Nizamov was found in Belarus awaiting for extradition to Uzbekistan (Белгазета, 2016).

Press sources:

Белгазета, 2016. "Узбек приключился в Беларуси", 16 January, 2016. [Online]. Available at:


Legal sources:

European Court of Human Rights, 2014.  "Case of Nizamov and Others v. Russia. Judgment", May 7, 2014. [Online]. Available at: