Two Tajik citizens complained to Radio Ozodi that they were expelled from Russia with torture and false accusations after refusing the offer to participate in the war in Ukraine.
“THEY WERE SHOT AND BEAT LIKE SHEEP”
30-year-old Mansur Hajiyev is one of them. Russia expelled him for five years and fined him four thousand rubles.
“I had a temporary residence permit. I had to get Russian citizenship. On September 12, 2023, I went to the Migration Office of the Sverdlovsk district of Perm. They told me to sign a contract first to go to war, otherwise we will not accept it. I asked for the reason. They said that it was an order is,” Mansur Hajiyev said. Our conversation with him was recorded at the end of October this year in Dushanbe.
Our interviewee added that since he did not sign the contract, his work did not progress and he had to return home. However, he says, suddenly everything changed on September 26, 2023, “when I called the Immigration Office, this time they forced me to accept the accusation of drug use and sign the indictment.”
“Four people handcuffed me at the Immigration Office without any questions. Their faces were covered. They put cellophane on my head and threw me into the car like a sheep. They took me to the forest and beat me with an “electric shocker”. They wanted me to admit that yes, I use drugs,” Hojiev said.
He says that he eventually confessed to drug use under excruciating torture, but his subsequent efforts to prove his innocence in court were unsuccessful.
Based on the decision of the Sverdlovsk District Court of Perm city on September 27 of this year, Mansur Hojiev was found guilty of drug use. According to this document, the police arrested a young man who “was under the influence of drugs, but refused to undergo a medical examination.”
This resident of Dushanbe called the verdict of the Sverdlovsk District Court of Perm city groundless and emphasized that he had never used drugs. He, on the contrary, says that he was always ready to undergo a medical examination, but such a request was not made by the Russian authorities.
The explanation of the officials of the Court and the Sverdlovsk Perm police authorities to the letters of Mansur Hojiev is not known. Our repeated appeals from these two offices have not yet been answered.
According to Mansur Hojiev, because his specialty is oil processing and production, he wanted to get Russian citizenship and work in this sector. Now he is unemployed in Dushanbe. He believes that his life was difficult because he did not go to war in Ukraine, but he does not regret his decision.
“THEY SPENT FIVE YEARS”
Another immigrant, Anwar, says that he faced the same situation in the Temporary Detention Center “Sakharovo” in Moscow.
“As soon as I entered there, they told me to sign the paper for participating in the war in Ukraine. I said that I don’t want to go there. They said that you talk a lot and they tortured me. I have a single mother, where will I go if I leave her?” – said Anwar.
He says that he saw that several other people were tortured for refusing to go to the war in Ukraine: “I myself was disabled. They hit me a lot in the middle. I told them not to hit you, they said and hit you. They put a five-year expulsion (deportation) stamp on my passport and sent me straight to Kulob.”
Our interlocutor says that he went to Russia in March this year, his documents were correct, but the police officers caught him at the metro station and took him to the detention center.
“I paid for the patent for three months. Registration fee as well. In the “Sakharovo” detention center, they told us to go to military service in the Russian army. I said, I don’t want to. After that, they said that they would keep me in detention for 17 days under the pretext of not having documents, and that’s what they did,” he complained.
Anwar’s mother says that her son’s health has not yet recovered. “On the first day of his return, he hid from me. Later I found out that his body was black and blue. He was hit on the head a lot. I did what I could and got my son up and started working again. It works now. His nerves are very damaged.”
Source : Радио Озоди