Published: 19 Jun 2008
Ryabikin v Russia
Case No. 8320/04
Judgment date: 19 June 2008
The applicant is a citizen of Turkmenistan and of Russian ethnic origin. He argued that from May 2000 he was threatened by Turkmen law-enforcement bodies and feared for his life in Turkmenistan after alleging that Turkmen Ministry of Finance officials had demanded bribes from his company. In June 2001 he moved to St. Petersburg having been granted permission to repatriate by the Russian authorities. After failing to gain Russian citizenship, he applied for refugee status. This was rejected and he was subsequently arrested for extradition to Turkmenistan on charges of alleged embezzlement. He made numerous appeals in Russia both against the rejection of his refugee application and his arrest. He then appealed to the ECtHR under Arts. 3 and 5.
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