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Concern over activists expelled by Russia to central Asia

Human rights organizations expressed concern about the fate of two activists sent by Moscow to Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, coinciding with the visit on Monday of the head of European Union diplomacy to Central Asia.

On Sunday, the NGO Freedom for Eurasia announced that Azat Isakov had been “kidnapped” on October 20 in Russia by Turkmenistan’s secret services, with the help of the Russian security services, and was forcibly transferred to this country.

“The police are here. If they find me, they will take me. I am in hiding,” Isakov wrote to one of his colleagues, before “disappearing without a trace,” declared Freedom for Eurasia, which urged Brussels to “pressure the Turkmen government to release the political prisoners. “

These statements take place precisely when the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, travels to Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, on Monday, where he must meet with the foreign ministers of five Central Asian countries.

The case of another human rights activist worries NGOs: Izat Amon, a native of Tajikistan.

Amon, who defends the rights of Tajik migrants in Russia, was “illegally transferred” to Tajikistan after he “disappeared” in Moscow in March, Human Rights Watch (HRW) researcher Syinat Soultanalieva told AFP on Monday that He also asked the European Union to demand “the release of political prisoners.”

In recent years, forced repatriations of human rights activists from the former Soviet republics of Central Asia have multiplied in Russia.

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