Atdaev, Annamurad Nurmuhammedovich

Biography: Born on July 17, 1986, in Arzuv village of Gyavers District of Ahal Province. Master of Sports in freestyle wrestling. In 2008-2009 he studied at the Department of Law of the Grodno State University in Belarus. Then moved to Cairo (Egypt), where he graduated from the “Fajr” school of Arabic language and then entered the University of AlAzhar. At the beginning of March 2016, he was forced to return to Turkmenistan to re-issue his passport. After his return, repeatedly interrogated by the Ministry of National Security, whose employees suggested that he cooperate with them as an agent. He was denied travel outside the country, and an invitation for his family, who are in Russia, was also denied. Lived in Ashgabat.

Arrest and conviction: Arrested on September 27, 2016 on charges of administrative offense (minor hooliganism). 31 Later charged with criminal involvement in an extremist Islamic group. Convicted on December 13, 2016, by Ashgabat city court under Art. 174 p. 1; 175 p. 2; 177 p. 1; 275 p. 1 of the CCT. Sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment in a strict security colony.

–Current situation: According to unofficial information, at the end of January 2017 was transferred from the colony in the town of Tejen to Ovadan Depe prison. In June 2017 in response to a request from the Russian embassy, the authorities reported that Atdaev “is in a place of confinement” (without any details). According to relatives, the exact location is unknown, correspondence, parcels, and visits are prohibited. In April 2017 rumors circulated in Ashgabat, that Atdaev was held in solitary confinement in Ovadan Depe prison. On April 28, 2017, a complaint was sent to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.