Zatoka, Andrey

Gender: .
State of concern: .

Who, Why and How exiled:

Zakota was a prominent environmental activist working in Turkmenistan and co-founder of Dashoguz Ecology club. He was sentenced to five years imprisonment in 2009, but was allowed to flee the country for Russia, instead of serving the sentence (HRW, 2010).

Category of exile: . (Definitions here.)
Alleged affiliation: Civil society.

Which stages experienced: not Stage 1   Stage 2   not Stage 3. (Definitions here.)
Date of most serious incident: 2009.
Violence experienced: .

Stage 2 details (arrest/ detention/ extradition):

On the 2oth October 2009, Zakota was attacked by an unknown man in the market of Dashoguz. Zakota attempted to report the attack to two police officers, but they instead arrested him for "hooliganism". On 29th October, he was sentenced to five years imprisonment for his alleged involvement in the incident, then on the 5th November, his sentence was changed to a $350 fine and he was forced to flee the country for Moscow (HRW, 2010; FIDH, 2009).

International arrest warrant: .

Countries of transit, asylum and/or residence: .

Current status:

In exile in Moscow (HRW, 2010).

Press sources:

FIDH (2009). End of judicial proceedings against Mr. Andrey Zatoka - TKM 001 / 1109 / OBS 161.1. [online] Worldwide Movement for Human Rights. Available at: [Accessed 15 Apr. 2018].


Human Rights Watch (2010). World Report 2010: Events of 2009. USA: Human Rights Watch.