Yazmuradov, Ovezmurat

Biography: Born in 1946, in Chohatta village, Halaç District, Chardzhou Oblast. He was a Deputy Director at the pedagogical college named after Aman Kekilov, Ashgabat. Timur Djumaev is his wife’s father. According to Rozinazara Khudoiberdiev, in 1971, he graduated from the Faculty of Philology of the Turkmenistan State University. For about 20 years he worked as a journalist, first at an Ashgabat’s local newspaper, and then in the regional newspaper “Oktyabr Yalkymy,” Ashgabat Oblast. He was a member of the Union of Journalists of the USSR. In 1991, he became a teacher.

Arrest and conviction: He was sentenced in January 2003 under Articles 14-101 Part 2, paragraphs “a”, “b”, “f”, “g”, “h”, “i”, “l”; 129 Part 3; 169 Part 1, 2; 174 Part 2; 176 Part 1; 214 Part 2; 218 Part 1, 2, 3; 231 Part 4, paragraphs “a”, “b”; 235 Part 2, paragraphs “a”, “b”; 254 Part 4, paragraphs “a”, “b”; 271 Part 3; 273 Part 1; 275 Part 1; 287 Part 3 of the Turkmenistan Criminal Code. He was sentenced to 19 years imprisonment: 3 years in prison, the rest in a penal colony. His property would be confiscated. Following the sentence, he would live in a designated place for 5 years. His relatives do not have any information about his fate.