Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Last Russian at Guantanamo afraid to return home

Posted by Info on 01/07/2009

CHALLY, Russia — The mother of the last Russian inmate being kept at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay says her son is reluctant to return to Russia.

Ravil Mingazov, who is from Tatarstan, has reportedly told his mother that he is worried about being arrested if he returns to Russia after being released from Guantanamo.

Ravil Mingazov, the last remaining Russian in Guantanamo, is a former Russian ballet dancer who faces torture and worse if he is transferred to Russia, which has a history of intolerance for Muslims and, in particular, has subjected the seven other released Guantanamo detainees to harsh imprisonment, torture, and in one case death.

Given the fate of the other seven Russians who were released, counsel for Mr. Mingazov does not anticipate that the Government will seek to transfer him to Russia; however, if the Government were to give notice to counsel and the Court, pursuant to the 30-Day Notice Order in this case, that it intended to transfer Mr. Mingazov to Russia, counsel would seek to enjoin such transfer.

As of June 15, 2009, he has been held at Guantánamo for six years eight months.

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