December 11, 2017

Urgent Action Update: Russian Authorities Block Activist’s Release (Russian Federation: UA 61.17)


The Russian authorities continue to block activist and journalist Ali Feruz’s release from detention. On 21 November the Basmannyi District court in Moscow issued Ali Feruz with a 5,000 rouble (USD$ 85) fine for working illegally and upheld the decision to deport the activist to Uzbekistan, where he would be at risk of human rights violations.

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The Russian authorities continue to block activist and journalist Ali Feruz’s release from detention. On 21 November the Basmannyi District court in Moscow issued Ali Feruz with a 5,000 rouble (USD$ 85) fine for working illegally and upheld the decision to deport the activist to Uzbekistan, where he would be at risk of human rights violations.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Immediately release Khudoberdi Nurmatov (also known as Ali Feruz) and ensure he can travel to a third country without any restriction;
  • Take all necessary steps to ensure Khudoberdi Nurmatov is not abducted and subjected to secret rendition, or in any other way forcibly returned to Uzbekistan;
  • Promptly and effectively investigate Khudoberdi Nurmatov’s allegations of torture and other ill-treatment in custody and, pending his release, ensure he is protected from torture and other ill treatment.

Contact these two officials by 19 January, 2018:

Minister of the Interior
Vladimir Aleksandrovich Kolokoltsev
Ul. Zhitnaya d. 16
119049 Moscow, Russian Federation
Fax: +7 495 667 05 98 (wait for signal)
Or use online form in Russian: https://xn--b1aew.xn--p1ai/request_main
Salutation: Dear Minister

Ambassador Anatoly Antonov, Embassy of the Russian Federation
2650 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC 20007
Phone: 1 202 298 5700 I Fax: 1 202 298 5735
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @mfa_russia
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 61.17
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the actions taken on each case—letters, emails, calls and tweets—and use that information in our advocacy.

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