Razvozzhaev case: Answers urgently requred
Strasbourg, it seems, would also like answers regarding the abduction in Kyiv, forced return to Russia, likely torture and prosecution of Russian activist and asylum seeker Leonid Razvozzhaev
Razvozzhaev: No let up to lawlessness
Russian investigators have pulled out a criminal case abandoned 15 years ago against Leonid Razvozzhaev, the Russian activist who was abducted in Kyiv on 17 October as he was in the process of applying for asylum
The Kyiv Police have informed the UNHCR that they will not be initiating a criminal case over the abduction of Russian civic activist Leonid Razvozzhaev in broad daylight from outside the place where he was seeking political asylum
Moscow court finds the arrest of abducted asylum seeker Leonid Razvozzaev legal
Leonid Razvozzhaev was abducted in Kyiv while applying for political asylum and forcibly taken to Moscow, yet the response within Ukraine has been dangerously muted
Asylum seeker abducted from Ukraine, imprisoned in Russia. End of story?
Leonid Razvozzhaev was abducted while applying for asylum and could now face a long prison sentence on questionable charges in Russia yet the Ukrainian authorities are continuing to deny all knowledge and any responsibility for this grave breach of international law
Mossad, FSB, and others: make yourself at home!
Marina Hovorukhina suggests that the message to foreign security services from Ukraine’s Interior Ministry regarding the abduction of Leonid Razvozzhaev is that abductions are no problem with the authorities ready to call them special operations and turn a blind eye
US concerned over Russian activist’s ’abduction’ and detention
The United States on Thursday expressed alarm over the case of opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhaev who claims he was abducted from Ukraine by Russian agents, as he retracted an initial confession made to Russian investigators.
On the abduction of Leonid Razvozzhaev (open for endorsement)
Open letter with demands to the authorities over the abduction of Russian opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhaev from outside the UNHCR office in Kyiv where he was applying for asylum
Ukraine’s Interior Ministry’s staggering response to Razvozzhaev’s abduction
No criminal investigation can ensue over the abduction, a Ministry spokesperson says, since a foreign national was abducted by a foreign security service and such services should not share their plans regarding such activities.
Human Rights Watch calls for investigation into disappearance of asylum seeker
For an asylum seeker to simply vanish while lodging his asylum claims and then reappear in the country he fled is profoundly shocking
Ukraine – no safe place for refugees
And with Russia increasingly dangerous for members of the opposition, this new style of abduction and removal without going through any extradition procedure is extremely worrying
Russian activist abducted in Kyiv, jailed in Moscow
Russian opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhaev has been remanded in custody for two months just two days after being abducted in broad daylight from outside the UNHCR Office in Kyiv
Amnesty International urges Ukraine not to extradite refugee to Uzbekistan
Amnesty International calls on the Ukrainian authorities not to extradite Ruslan Suleymanov to Uzbekistan where he would be at risk of torture and other grave human rights violations
Serious danger that Ukraine will return an asylum seeker to Uzbekistan
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has expressed deep concern about the serious risk of refoulement of another refugee facing extradition in spite of a well-founded fear of persecution in his country of origin.
Outrage over Ukraine’s extradition of a refugee
There remains confusion within Ukraine as to whom the authorities have extradited to Russia, however it is quite clear that a grave breach of international law has been committed
UN Refugee Agency condemns refoulement of a refugee to Russian Federation
UNHCR condemns the extradition of the refugee from the Russian Federation (Ingushetia) on 15 August 2012 in breach of national and international law. The refugee was recognized by UNHCR under its mandate in March 2012 and had been granted refugee status by an EU member-state
Two men facing extradition over “Putin assassination plot”
The Odessa Court of Appeal has rejected the appeal against the extradition of Chechen Adam Osmayev to Russia. He is accused of planning an “assassination attempt” on Putin in February this year, as well as on Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
Fears rising over fate of two refugees wanted by Russia
Kyiv Post journalist Svitlana Tuchynska writes that although international law forbids Ukraine from sending them back, one has disappeared from a Kyiv detention center while the other was so severely beaten in custody he slipped into a coma.
UNHCR protests over treatment of two mandate refugees
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has issued a statement expressing concern over the fate of two refugees recognized by UNHCR under its mandate and condemning their treatment as in flagrant disregard for fundamental human rights.