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Save Farid Tukhbatullin!


April 2, 2003 the environmental activist Farid Tukhbatullin was released from prison.

Late at night Turkmenistan national TV-channel has reported that the presidential pardon was granted to Farid Tukhbatullin. Probable reason of pardon are numerous protests of international community, and also the promise made by Turkmen President Saparmurad Niazov to Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the chair in office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) during his visit in Turkmenistan in March.

As we already reported, March 4 the Azaltyck District court of Ashgabat (the capital of Turkmenistan) has convicted Farid Tukhbatullin to 3 years of imprisonment. He was accused of illegitimate crossing of border between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan (article 210 (1) of Turkmenistan Criminal Code) and misprision (article 214).

The environmentalist was accused of non reporting of preparing attempt on the President Saparmurad Niyazov, which in opinion of Turkmen authorities, was discussed at Human Rights Conference held November 2002 in Moscow. In fact, Farid had become the victim of the wave of "witch-hunt" raised after the attempt on the President of the country.

The conference was organized by International Helsinki Federation and "Memorial" Human Rights organization. The members of international human rights organizations - Human Rights Watch (HRW), International Human Rights League, Amnesty International - took part in the conference. All these organizations witnessed for Farid Tukhbatullin innocence in court, and insisted on peace content of the conference. The authorities of Turkmenistan, however, have found participation of Farid Tukhbatullin in the conference and non-reporting of its content criminal, and he was imprisoned. Tukhbatullin was also charged in illegal crossing of Turkmen border. The reason for this charge has become missed stamp of border crossing in Tukhbatullin's passport, that frontier official accidentally forgot to stamp.

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Conviction of Turkmen activist Farid Tukhbatullin

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Turkmenistan: President Niazov should keep his promise and release Imprisoned Ecologist

Charges Against Farid Tukhbatullin are Forwarded to Public Prosecutor's Office

The International Community Stands Up For Farid Tukhbatullin

OSCE concerned over arrest of NGO activist in Turkmenistan

Russian Human Rights Federal Commission: Russian citizen Tukhbatullin should be released

Farid Tukhbatullin, Turkmen Civil Society Activist, Arrested by Security Services