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«We have a few questions for you,» a border guard told Sinaver Kadyrov, a Crimean Tatar activist, at the Armyansk checkpoint in northern Crimea on Jan. 23. Kadyrov was on his way to Kherson, in southern Ukraine, to fly to Turkey for medical treatment. It was the beginning of an ordeal that ended with a local court expelling him from Crimea, his home of almost 25 years.

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Mark Twain


Youth Human Rights Movement

The court gave a hope to justice in the case of Congolese Boris

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On 8th of June in the case of citizen of Congo Boris Desten Misamu, who was unlawfully expelled from the Moscow State University of Provision (MSUP), finally happened positive changes. We should remind, that in result of fight near the MSUP student hostel on 9 of May, 2010 Boris Desten was the only  who got injured and was offended because of his skin color and was then expelled from the University.

The Committee “Civil assistance” made legal and social aid to Boris Desten and the  Youth Network against Racism and Intolerance together with the International Network on Students Rights launched a solidarity campaign for him. In the framework of the campaign from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus  and others countries  dozens of appeals were sent to the administration of the University and to  law enforcement bodies with a call to investigate the situation and restore Boris Desten and prevent any discrimination from the side of the University.

The Moscow city Court considered the cassation on the decision of the Savelovsky district Court of Moscow from November 8, 2010 which says that Boris expulsion was a legal decision, and decided to review the case.

The Moscow city Court took this decision on the base that the University  administration representatives  couldn’t prove documented the legality of their decision. In particular, Rules regulations of the hostel which allegedly were violated by Boris and were the official reason of expulsion, were not provided to the court.

Within 10 days the district Court will get the decision of the Moscow city Court and should be review the case of foreign student, but in new combination.

Meanwhile, Boris was have to come back home because he have no more any money and any legal basis to stay in Russia.

Due to decision of the Moscow city Court we're hopeful that in the near future justice to Boris Desten will be restored and the public campaign to protect the  Congolese citizen will achieve the desired result. It’s important not only for restoration of Boris Desten rights but for the prevention of possible violations from the side of the University administration to another foreign students”, - comments the coordinator of the campaign Anastasia Denisova.