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There are grave concerns for two abducted asylum seekers, as it is feared that they have been forcibly returned to Uzbekistan and are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
On 6 May, the Taganskii District Court in Moscow quashed an appeal against the authorities’ decision to block the Russian news website Grani.ru.
Umid Yakubov, a refugee from Uzbekistan, was abducted on the street in Moscow on 29 April. It is feared that he has been taken to Uzbekistan, where he is at real risk of torture/ill-treatment.
A draft law, which will make repeated violation of the already restrictive rules governing public assemblies a criminal offence, has been tabled in the Russian parliament.