Reporter Khodoberdi Nurmatov, higher generally known as Ali Feruz, is being threatened with deportation by Russian authorities.
Feruz, who’s also called Khodoberdi Nurmatov, fled Uzbekistan in 2009 after he was tortured for 2 days when he refused to co-operate with the nation's infamous safety providers. He got here again to Russia – the nation the place he was born – in 2011.
As soon as there, Feruz started reporting for the unbiased Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, masking refugees and ladies's points, in addition to establishing himself as a well known campaigner. However in 2012 Feruz had his passport stolen, leaving him with out documentation after he was unable to go to the Uzbekistan embassy as he had fled the nation only a 12 months earlier.
On Aug. 1, Feruz was picked up by police as he was en path to work. Later that day, a Moscow decide, ignoring Feruz's present asylum purposes, ordered that the 30-year-old be deported again to Uzbekistan, stating he had been dwelling within the nation illegally.
Ali Feruz / By way of Fb
“He’s within the shadow of demise,” Kostyuchenko, talking from Moscow shortly after she had spoken to Feruz from the detention middle the place he’s being held, mentioned.
She mentioned she was “completely certain” that sending Feruz again to Uzbekistan could be a demise sentence.
Final 12 months, an Amnesty International report examined how Russian authorities had been cooperating with Uzbekistan's safety providers in deportation instances, leading to a whole bunch of individuals merely vanishing when officers colluded to ship them again to Uzbekistan.
“There are individuals disappearing in silence,” Kostyuchenko mentioned. “If he went again there we are going to by no means know what occurs to him. He doesn’t deserve what is occurring to him.”
He was an “extraordinarily gifted” reporter who spoke “eight or 9 languages”, Kostyuchenko mentioned, and had written movingly concerning the refugee state of affairs in Russia.
“We began out as colleagues however now we’re very shut, he’s so sort,” she mentioned. “He has nice sympathy for everybody. He at all times tries to grasp everybody.”
“He at all times tries to defend the particular person within the weak place,” Kostyuchenko defined, describing how when Feruz overheard a person make a sexist comment at her, “he instantly began preventing with him – not bodily or something like that – however he mentioned 'no! It's may be very disrespectful, you can’t converse to her like that'. I used to be shocked!”
“He's like that: he sees some injustice and he fights it.”
“We’re so shocked and indignant, and we’re able to struggle to the top,” she mentioned. “Everyone loves him. Everyone signed the petition to our president, I imply from chief editor to the individuals working in our cafeteria: all people.”
Kostyuchenko mentioned when she spoke to Feruz earlier he requested her to deliver him cigarettes and notepaper. “Paper, I requested? Yeah, as a result of I’m ending my reporting from right here,” she defined. “He’s a true-born reporter and we want him.”
Ali Feruz / By way of Fb
“Ought to he return, on the very least, he will likely be subjected to legal prosecution for being homosexual, which is against the law in Uzbekistan. It’s a crime punishable by jail.”
Members of the LGBT neighborhood in Uzbekistan face fixed threats and abusive from Uzbek authorities. A Human Rights Watch (HRW) report earlier this 12 months famous that “police use blackmail and extortion towards homosexual males, threatening to out or imprison them”. The neighborhood faces “deep-rooted homophobia and discrimination”.
Krivoshreev mentioned if the deportation went forward Feruz “has little likelihood of justice. He’s dealing with a really actual threat of torture and in the end this might imply a few years in a really horrible jail.”
“It’s fairly uncommon that Putin's spokesperson will likely be answering questions on this, and clearly indicated that Putin is conscious of this case.”
Yesterday, August three, the Kremlin's spokesperson Dmitry Peskov mentioned that the Russian chief was “conscious of the existence” of Feruz's case and that it was impossible “to shut one's eyes” to the state of affairs.