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State migration service declined to confirm Azerbaijani blogger deported

17.12.2019, 17:05
Photo credits: RAFE/RL, social networks
Photo credits: RAFE/RL, social networks

The State Migration Service declined to confirm whether the opposition activist and blogger Elvin Isayev has been deported from Ukraine to Azerbaijan, as Hromadske Radio reported citing the Deputy Head of the Department of Communications and Electronic Services of the State Migration Service Inna Ganenko.

“In compliance with the law on protection of personal data, we are not entitled to comment on the reports on persons who applied to the migration service. Thus, I cannot confirm or refute the fact that interests you, in particular, about the forced explusion of that person, ” Inna Ganenko said.

On December 15, the State Migration Service of Azerbaijan reported that Ukraine had deported blogger Elvin Isayev to Azerbaijan on December 12 and on December 14, he was arrested, based on the court decision in Baku.

Earlier, ZMINA had reported that Elvin Isayev, correspondent with Azer Freedom TV, went missing in Kyiv on December 12.

Isyaev had been sharply criticizing Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, called him a dictator and revealed several corruption facts in his country. His YouTube channel was registered in 2014 and has had about 20,000 subscribers.

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