In Kyrgyzstan, on August 20, Chechen Mansur Movlaev was detained, who criticized the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov. This is reported by the Kyrgyz service of Radio Liberty with reference to his lawyer Ilgiz Nasirov and human rights activist Tolekan Ismailova.
“Mansur Movlaev arrived from Russia to Kazakhstan, and from there to Kyrgyzstan. A criminal case was initiated against him under the article “Illegal crossing of the state border” of the Criminal Code of the Kyrgyz Republic. He has no housing and registration in Kyrgyzstan, he also does not have a passport,” said Ilgiz Nasyrov .
According to him, on August 21, Movlaev will be subject to a preventive measure. He faces a fine or imprisonment for up to two years. Movlaev was placed in the pre-trial detention center of the State Committee for National Security.
Some media outlets previously reported that Mansur Movlayev was detained at Bishkek’s Manas airport. However, according to preliminary information from lawyer Ilgiz Nsyrov, he was detained in the Issyk-Kul region. His detention was later confirmed by the State Committee for National Security.
The State Committee for National Security stated that the arrest of Movlaev was carried out as part of a counter-terrorist operation. According to the intelligence service, since August 16, 2022, he has been on the interstate wanted list “for adherence to a radical ideology.” According to investigators, he “received instructions from the emissaries of the Syrian International Terrorist Organization (ITO) and in Kyrgyzstan was part of a sleeper cell of previously convicted followers of the internal terrorist underground, who had intentions to commit a series of robbery attacks on wealthy citizens of Kyrgyzstan,” and “this money financed the ITO” . In January 2023, he illegally entered Kyrgyzstan and lived here under a fake Russian passport in the name of S.I.V., born in 1993, AKIpress quotes the press service of the State Committee for National Security.
Chechen activists brothers Ibragim and Baysangur Yangulbaev said that in 2020 Mansur Movlaev, who criticized the Chechen authorities, was convicted under Article 228 of the Criminal Code (“Illegal acquisition, storage, transportation, manufacture, processing of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances or their analogues”).
After being released on parole in 2022, he was supposed to report to the Federal Penitentiary Service, but in the same year, according to the Yangulbaevs, he was kidnapped again and taken to the Shali district police department. Movlaev managed to escape, he had no documents with him. The Yangulbaev brothers said they intended to help him move to Europe to seek asylum. “He was supposed to fly from Kyrgyzstan to Turkey,” said Ibrahim Yangulbaev. “We have already discussed with international human rights activists how to grant him political asylum in Europe.”