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Dissident Fears Payback Upon Deportation To Turkmenistan

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Upon reaching Sweden after living illegally in Russia for nearly a decade, 32-year-old Keymir Berdiev hoped his days of running had come to end.

But after failing to provide sufficient documentation to prove to Swedish authorities that returning to his native Turkmenistan would place him in danger, he was due to be deported there on May 20. He had not been expelled by late afternoon, however.

Berdiev has bounced around from one country to another trying to avoid being returned to Turkmenistan -- and for good reason.

His father and brother are linked to Turkmen opposition groups and, in the latter part of the 1990s, also worked for RFE/RL's Turkmen Service. The Turkmen government has never been tolerant of, or kind to, political opponents or their family members.

Berdiev fears returning to the land where he was born to the point that he attempted suicide upon learning he would be deported to Turkmenistan.

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RFE/RL's Turkmen Service contributed to this report

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Dissident Fears Payback Upon Deportation To Turkmenistan

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