Shikhmuradova, Tatiana

Gender: .
State of concern: .

Who, Why and How exiled:

Her husband Boris Shikhmuradov served as the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador to China at various times in Turkmenistan. Staying in Moscow after a diplomatic visit, hospitalisation and correlated resignation, he announced his intention to create a democratic opposition to the Turkmen regime in November 2001. Tatiana left Turkmenistan in March 2001 and feels she cannot return now due to fears for her safety (UN Human Rights Committe, 2011).

Category of exile: . (Definitions here.)

Which stages experienced: Stage 1   Stage 2   not Stage 3. (Definitions here.)
Date of most serious incident: 2002.
Violence experienced: .

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

Turkmenistan brought criminal proceedings against her husband, soon after his announced intention to create an opposition party (UN Human Rights Committe, 2011).

Her husband was arrested in Ashgabat after giving himself up in December 2002, and sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment, later changed to life. She has not been informed of his whereabouts ever since, and believes his confession video shows him under the influence of drugs (UN Human Rights Committee,2011).

International arrest warrant: .

Countries of transit, asylum and/or residence: .

Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident):

Russian national (UN Human Rights Committe, 2011).

Current status:

Assumed to be living in Russia (UN Human Rights Committee, 2011).

Acquired citizenship: .