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12 Nov 2012

Memorial HRC (Russia)

Attempt to Deport the Golyanovo Slaves Fails

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On November 8, 2012 Damir Samerhanov, investigator of Moscow’s Preobrazhenskoe Division, summoned for questioning the migrants who were freed...from having been held...by the owners of a grocery store in the Moscow suburb of Golyanovo...Upon the young women’s arrival in company of the attorneys...the investigator...announced that the applicants should proceed to the Golianovo police department where they will be charged with the administrative violation “Illegal stay in the Russian Federation”...[A]s the applicants are recognized as victims in a criminal case under the Article “Unlawful deprivation of liberty”...they did not have a real opportunity to inform migration services of their stay in the Russian Federation nor leave its territory in due time,” said the lawyer... Gulnara Bobodzhanova submitted request demanding that her clients be recognized as victims in the case.  She plans to make a formal complaint against the investigator based on his actions....The attorneys are demanding to re-qualify the case to...“Use of slave labour with aggravated circumstances of utilizing black mail and violence”...Shop owners Istanbekova and Muzdybaev were questioned by an investigator and released.  According to civil society activists, the owners are exerting pressure on their former workers and are trying to destroy evidence...