Person of the Week: Zarina Yunusova

posted 23 Nov 2015, 06:39 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 23 Nov 2015, 06:56 ]
On 16 November 2015 Tajik national Zarina Yunusova was deported from Russia together with the body of her baby son Umarali Nazarov who died on 14 October in Russian custody. RFE/RL reported that on arrival in Dushanbe Yunusova, accused by the Russian authorities of violating migration rules, said she had been hastily deported to prevent a proper investigation into her son's death. The baby boy, Umarali Nazarov, died one day after officials separated him from his parents. The government of Tajikistan has demanded the Russian authorities investigate the boy's death. The Moscow Times reported that on 18 November St Petersburg prosecutors responded to an inquiry by Boris Vishnevsky, one of the city's municipal lawmakers and a member of the Yabloko party, saying that Umarali Nazarov had lived in ‘unsuitable’ and 'damp' conditions. A criminal investigation on charges of death by negligence has been opened into the incident. The boy's parents are reported to be also under investigation on charges of failing in their parental duties.

Photo of Zarina Yunusova and Rustam Nazarov, parents of Umarali Nazarov, in a St. Petersburg courtroom: RFE/RL

Russia Deports Mother Of Dead Tajik Baby, RFE/RL, 16 November 2015
Anna Dolgov, 'Russian Prosecutor Blames Tajik Baby Death on "Damp",' The Moscow Times, 19 November 2015
Татьяна Вольтская, 'Ребенок умер, мать высылают,' Радио Свобода, 12 November 2015