Turkmen opposition activist Azat Isakov disappears in Russia

On October 20, 2021, the Turkmen opposition activist Azat Isakov , who lived in the Moscow region, disappeared in Russia .

The head of the opposition group "Turkmenistan, Unite " Chemen Ore , with whom 37-year-old Isakov was in touch, spoke about the disappearance .

Just before the activist stopped answering calls, he left Ore the following message: “The police have come. If they find me, they can take me away. I hid".

Since Isakov openly criticized the Turkmen regime, his deportation to Turkmenistan could threaten the activist with torture and enforced disappearance.

According to Ore, the Turkmen special services have repeatedly threatened with reprisals both Isakov, who is in Russia, and his family members living in Turkmenistan, including his minor daughter.

At the moment, the search for the activist has yielded no results. The lawyers involved in the disappearance of a person turned to the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation with a request to inform whether Isakov was detained and, if so, where he is now.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan