Azerbaijani journalist Fuad Abbasov. Photo: screenshot of the video posted on the Youtube channel Fuad Abbasov MISRA-TV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmHhq6j3u6M

12 June 2019, 11:16

Defence claims violation of journalist Abbasov's rights after failed deportation

Russia has failed to explain the delay of deportation of Fuad Abbasov to Azerbaijan; and the journalist continues his hunger strike, his advocate has stated, while experts believe that Abbasov's activities could be undesirable both for the Russian authorities, and for Baku.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on May 16, in Moscow, Fuad Abbasov, the head of the Centre for Information Initiatives, was detained on charges of violating the immigration legislation. Fuad was beaten up during detention, said his advocate Elman Pashaev.

"Fuad Abbasov continues his protest hunger strike; he has lost weight and feels bad," said Teiyub Sharifov, another Fuad's advocate.

"Abbasov had a residence permit that allowed him to stay in Russia until 2023; but it was cancelled without notifying Fuad about it," said the advocate.

Members of the Azerbaijani Diaspora in Russia could not like the active public activities of Fuad Abbasov, Emin Guseinov, Director of the Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety (IRFS), believes.

"Abbasov spoke about Azerbaijanis' problems and announced the creation of their party," said Guseinov, suggesting that "the harsh treatment of Abbasov may be demonstrative for other foreigners daring to engage in public activities in the Diaspora."

The most probable source of threat to Abbasov is in "two Moscow-based Azerbaijani organizations, whom he accused of corruption," the blogger of the "Caucasian Knot" under the nickname "Wind from Apsheron" wrote.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on June 12, 2019 at 03:19 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Faik Medjid; Source: CK correspondent

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