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Imprisoned Russian rights defender reportedly beaten in custody

Bakhrom Khamroyev (Front Line Defenders/Released)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

The wife of imprisoned Uzbek-born Russian rights defender Bakhrom Khamroyev was quoted by Mediazona as saying her husband was severely beaten in a detention center in the city of Vladimir last month after he demanded his rights be respected.

Khamroyev, known for providing legal support to labor migrants from Central Asia, was sentenced to 14 years in prison in May 2023 for “online calls for terrorism and organizing a terrorist group’s activities.”

The charges stemmed from his online comments on trials of migrants accused of being members of Hizb ut-Tahrir Islamic group, which is banned in Russia.