Russian PM says he has taken investigation into Tajik baby’s death under his control

30/10/2015 14:45
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DUSHANBE, October 30, 2015, Asia-Plus – On Friday October 30, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon received Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who arrived in Dushanbe to participate in a session of the CIS Council of Heads of Government.

The Tajik president’s official website says the two discussed a broad range of issues related to state and prospects of further expansion of bilateral cooperation between Tajikistan and the Russian Federation.

Rahmon said that Tajikistan attached significance to its partnership with Russia and expressed confidence that strategic partnership between the two countries would expand in the future as well.     

A special attention was reportedly paid to implementation of a program of re-equipment of Tajikistan’s armed forces and strengthening of potential of Tajik border troops against the backdrop of the latest developments in northern regions of Afghanistan.

Rahmon and Medvedev also discussed bilateral energy cooperation between Tajikistan and Russia, including operations of Gazprom and Sangtuda-1 hydroelectric power plant (HPP) in Tajikistan.      

They also touched upon issues related to improvement of conditions of stay of Tajik labor migrants in Tajikistan. 

Tajik president and Russian PM expressed confidence  that investigation into the death of a Tajik baby in St. Petersburg would be unbiased and those guilty would be punished.

Dmitry Medvedev said he has taken investigation into the Tajik baby’s death under his control.  

We will recall that Umarali Nazarov, the five-month-old son of a Tajik migrant family, died on October 14, a day after his parents were briefly detained for allegedly violating migration rules.

According to Radio Liberty’s Tajik Service, the parents say police officers separated the child from the couple upon their arrest and didn't return him when they were released five hours later.

The parents say police told them the child was sent to hospital with respiratory problems.  They were given the child's body a day later. 

The parents insist their child was healthy and didn't suffer from any illness.

The incident has sparked angry protests by dozens of Tajiks in Moscow and outrage on social media.

Russia’s Investigative Committee has instituted criminal proceedings over the death of a Tajik baby in St. Petersburg.

According to information posted on the Investigative Committee’s website, criminal proceedings have been instituted under the provisions of Article 109 (2) of Russia’s Penal Code – causing death by negligence.

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