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Poland deports Russian who claimed to be FSB officer

Poland deports Russian who claimed to be FSB officer

Poland has deported to Russia an alleged former Russian FSB officer who sought asylum in the country, accusing him of lying about his past and background.

Emran Navruzbekov claimed to have been a senior officer in Russia's FSB security service in the southern Dagestan region and had recently given numerous media interviews about FSB operations and alleged wrongdoing. He surrendered to Russia at Poland's land border with the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad on Tuesday.

The move drew outrage from one of Navruzbekov's lawyers, who said he faced the risk of prison, torture or worse in Russia, and that the decision came as a surprise given that Poland is one of the most vocal critics of the Russian regime.

A spokesman for the Polish border guard confirmed in an emailed statement that Navruzbekov was deported on Tuesday after he was found to "pose a threat to the defence, security of the state or the protection of public order", adding that he had been detained by entering Poland and the Schengen area for 10 years.

"The foreign citizen was deported from Poland to his country of origin, which is Russia ," says the statement of the border guard.

Navruzbekov left Russia in 2017, apparently while preparing for an FSB mission to track down expatriates in Turkey. After several years of living in Europe without his name being made public, last December he gave a lengthy interview with Vladimir Osechkin, the founder of the organization gulagu.net, which has worked extensively with defected Russian soldiers.

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