Sattori, Bakhtiyor

Gender: .
State of concern: .

Who, Why and How exiled:

He worked for the Tajik Embassy to Russia between 1993 and 2002. He then joined the Moscow office of the Tajik Migration Service between June, 2011, and August, 2012. After an unexpected layoff from his government job in the summer of 2012, Bakhtiyor Sattori engaged in civil activity (Fergana news, 2013).

Sattori has lived in Moscow, working as a journalist and cooperating with Tajik opposition activists in exile, notably with Umarali Quvvatov, leader of the opposition movement Group 24 (TDJ, 2013).


Category of exile: . (Definitions here.)

Which stages experienced: Stage 1   not Stage 2   Stage 3. (Definitions here.)
Date of most serious incident: 2013.
Violence experienced: .

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

According to the Forum.Msk website, police officers interrogated Sattori for no apparent reason in a cafe late January where he was dining with two Russian opposition activists. The police officers wanted to know whether Mr. Sattori has to do anything with the Tajik opposition, if he is a member of any groups or unions, why he is active on Facebook and criticizes the Tajik government. But what is most important is that the law enforcers wanted to know whether Mr. Sattori was undertaking any action to topple the government of Russia’s friend – Tajikistan (Fergana news, 2013).

Stage 3 details (attack/ abduction/ rendition/ torture/ assassination/ death):

On 20 February 2013, an unknown assailant attacked him near his apartment in Moscow. He told media that his attacker appeared "Central Asian" (Fergana news, 2013).

International arrest warrant: .

Countries of transit, asylum and/or residence: .

Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident):

He is dual citizen of Russia and Tajikistan (Fergana news, 2013).

Lives in Moscow (Fergana news, 2013).

Current status:

Has been released from hospital and is living in Moscow (Asia-Plus, 2013).

Acquired citizenship: .

Press sources:

Fergana news, 2013. "Tajik political scientist and activist Sattori assaulted and hospitalized in Moscow", 20 February, 2013.[Online]. Available at:


Asia-Plus, 2013. "Bakhtiyor Sattori gives his first interview after stab attack", 21 February, 2013. [Online]. Available at:


The Daily Journalist, 2013. "Journalist’s Stabbing a ‘Warning’ for Tajik Opposition" . 20 February, 2013. [Online]. Available at: