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Ex-FSB officer-turned-whistleblower deported from Poland, arrested in Russia for 10 days

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A court in Kaliningrad has arrested Emran Navruzbekov, a Russian citizen and former FSB officer recently deported from Poland, for 10 days on charges of disorderly conduct, according to a report by the publication Vot Tak citing his wife Irina.

Irina Navruzbekova told the outlet that after the trial, her husband was taken to Kaliningrad’s Police Department No. 3, which is located close to a detention center for administrative detainees. Law enforcement officers let Navruzbekov smoke and talk to his family on the phone. His lawyer will visit him on June 8.

On June 6, Poland urgently deported Navruzbekov to Russia without waiting for an appeal review of his denied asylum request and ignoring an urgent complaint to the ECtHR. Lawyer Karinna Moskalenko requested the ECtHR to take interim measures (under Rule 39) in the case, as Navruzbekov faces criminal prosecution in Russia – and a potential lengthy prison sentence – for committing treason.

Polish special services did not provide a detailed explanation of the reasons behind the accelerated deportation. In a press release, they stated that Navruzbekov was deported as he allegedly provided unreliable information to the authorities.

“The Polish special services assessed Navruzbekov as a person whose intentions and testimonies are unreliable and raise real doubts about the reason for his presence in Poland. The Russian's stories, also presented during his contacts with the media, look like an attempt to make himself credible to the Polish side,” read the press release.

Navruzbekov fled to Poland via Belarus in 2017 after the FSB's leadership planned to send him to Turkey to begin the surveillance of opposition activists from the North Caucasus who had emigrated from Russia. In Poland, Navruzbekov was held in a refugee camp, but his requests for protection were repeatedly rejected.

Polish authorities eventually granted asylum to his wife and children, while Navruzbekov was detained on May 17 for his alleged aggressive behavior towards Polish border guards, which Navruzbekov denied.

A Polish court ruled to deport him from the country and ban him from entering the EU for 10 years, citing, among other reasons, the fact that Navruzbekov posed a threat to the country's security.

Previously, in an interview with Gulagu.net, Navruzbekov had claimed that the FSB staged “controlled terrorist acts” in the North Caucasus, staged operations to supposedly eliminate terrorists, planted drugs and weapons on suspects, and fabricated criminal cases. Navruzbekov claimed that he gave the head of Gulagu.net, Vladimir Osechkin, 500 files with classified information to submit to the Hague Tribunal.

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