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Chechen Asylum Seeker Under Threat of Extradition in Sweden

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Chechen Asylum Seeker Under Threat of Extradition in Sweden

According to the website, Ruslan Dzhamaev, a Chechen refugee, is under threat of extradition from Sweden to Russia.

Ruslan Dzhamaev, born, June 24, 1978, was an active participant in the First Russian-Chechen War. He fought against Russian invaders under the leadership of Chechen field commander Alkhi Berdukaev. He did not participate in the Second Russian-Chechen War as a fighter, but provided the assistance that he could for the Armed Forces of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, which was under the command of President Aslan Maskhadov.

In 2002, Russian invaders in Chechnya abducted him after Chechen traitors gave his identity up. They grabbed him and took him to an unknown destination, where he was beaten and tortured in order to get information about the Chechen mujahedeen. He lost consciousness and his captors took him out of the city and threw him out of the car. Most likely, they did not think that he could survive, but he did.

His mother was afraid of a new abduction, thus she sent him to live with relatives in the village of Urus-Martan. However, it did not help Ruslan, and in April 2007 he was abducted by a group of Kadyrovites. They beat him until he accepted to cooperate with puppet regime. In an exchange for his life, he was sent to the mountains to fighting against the Chechen mujahedeen. He managed to flee from the area with the help of a Chechen man who served in the puppet’s Oil Regiment (Neftepolk) unit and aided the Chechen mujahedeen.

When Ruslan’s mother realized how hopeless his situation was, she sold her flat in Grozny. In May 2007, Ruslan and his mother arrived in Sweden, seeking asylum.

In 2008, Russian authorities put his name on the federal wanted list.

After a while, the Kadyrovites took carried out cruel revenge on the man who helped Ruslan escape. They killed the man and his brothers. In August 2009, Ruslan’s close friend Magomed Magomadov, who was also helping Chechen mujahedeen, was also killed by Kadyrovites.

The Kadyrovites still visit Ruslan’s relatives in Chechnya and ask about his whereabouts.

Recently his asylum application was rejected for the third time by Swedish immigration authorities. The immigration authorities pointed out the so-called “amnesty” for former fighters in Chechnya. The due process related with his asylum demand is continued at Sweden Migration Court. Ruslan fears that he will be handed over to the bloody hands of either the Russian invaders or their puppets. This “amnesty” world is only a hoodwink; former fighters and their relatives will face brutal torture or extrajudicial punishment in the prisons, there is no doubt about it.

*Text was translated by Waynakh Online and edited by Michael Capobianco

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