Activist Rozgeldy Choliev’s mother rushed to hospital after police interrogation

In early February, the parents of Turkmen activist Rozgeldy Choliyev were summoned to the Ashgabat police station located on Zhitnikova Street, the Turkmen Helsinki Foundation said.

The activist's 62-year-old mother, Ogulmaral Cholieva , went to the meeting . At the police station, she was taken to an office, on the door of which there was a sign with the inscription “Captain Movlyamberdiev”. There, two men interrogated a woman about her son's opposition activity: one officer was in a police uniform, the other in a civilian one.

The police officer said that the large family of the Cholievs could get an apartment with an improved layout in new buildings along Podvoisky and Sovetskaya streets, as "their turn has come." But this requires Rozgeldy to stop criticizing the government and return to Turkmenistan. “We give you our word that we will not detain him,” a law enforcement official said.

To this, the woman replied that they were not in line for an apartment and asked to be left alone. “If my son has violated something, let him answer according to the law. He is an adult, he has his own life,” said Ogulmaral.

After that, the second man began to scream and threaten that they would still find and return her son to his homeland.

According to the THF, unable to withstand the pressure, Rozgeldi's mother lost consciousness. The police called an ambulance and took the woman to the hospital, accompanied by police lieutenant Ch. Begmyradov. However, they refused to accept her in several hospitals, and as a result, the woman was taken to the hospital. S.Niyazov as allegedly sick with coronavirus.

The medical staff did not approach the patient until her relatives intervened in the situation. Ogulmaral was discharged after a few days.

It is reported that in 2020, Rozgeldy's father was threatened with dismissal and confiscation of the apartment because of his son's activities.

According to the THF, the police are preparing to file a fabricated case against the activist on religious extremism.

Rozgeldy Choliev, who studied at the Karachay-Cherkess State University. U.D. Aliyeva, since mid-2020, has been posting videos on his YouTube channel, in which he criticizes the policies of the Turkmen authorities and President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

In the spring of 2021, he lived at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport for three weeks while trying to obtain asylum in Russia. As a result, the Russian authorities refused him and deported him to Turkey.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan