Saliyev, Gayratbek

Gender: .
State of concern: .

Who, Why and How exiled:

In June 2010 inter-ethnic violence between Kyrgyz and Uzbek groups broke out in the southern areas of Kyrgyzstan, including the city of Osh and the Jalal-Abad Region, which is where Saliyev was from. Saliyev left Kyrgyzstan for Russia, claiming to have fled the ethnically motivated violence. He also claimed that he did not take part in any of the violence. Saliyev arrived in Russia in June 2010 (European Court of Human Rights,  2014).

Category of exile: . (Definitions here.)
Alleged affiliation: Osh 2010.

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):

On the 24th August 2010 the Osh Region Prosecutor’s Office in Kyrgyzstan charged Saliyev in absentia with a number of violent offences committed in June 2010- involving the ethnic rioting in the village of Suzak (European Court of Human Rights, 2014).

Stage 2 details (arrest/ detention/ extradition):

On the 25th March 2012 Saliyev was arrested by the Russian police on the basis that he was wanted in Kyrgyzstan. An official extradition was sent from the Prosecutor General’s Office of Kyrgyzstan to their Russian counterparts on the 18th April 2012. On the 26th January 2013 the Babushkinskiy District Court of Moscow ordered Saliyev's detention until 24th March 2013 with a view to extradition. Before the end of the detention, the Court had repeatedly extended Saliyev's detention until 24th January 2014. He was finally released on 22nd January (European Court of Human Rights, 2014).

International arrest warrant: .

Countries of transit, asylum and/or residence: .

Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident):

Sought refugee status on the 28th April 2012 (after Saliyev's arrest). His requests were refused in August 2012 along with Saliyev's later appeals, on the basis that he had not provided sufficient proof that he was at real risk of prosecution if removed to Kyrgyzstan on the grounds of his Uzbek origin and for a crime he had not committed (European Court of Human Rights,  2014).

Current status:

Following a Rule 39 interim measure of the Court he was released from custody on 22 January 2014 (ECtHR, 2015).

Legal sources:

European Court of Human Rights, 2014. "CASE OF GAYRATBEK SALIYEV v. RUSSIA", 17th April 2014. [Online]. Available at:

ECtHR, 2015. " Khamrakulov v. Russia, Application no. 68894/13", 16 April, 2015. [Online]. Available at: