On the photo: Chechen refugees demand to stop deportations from Austrian authorities
According to sources in Austria, a Chechen refugee Zelimkhan Isakov suddenly died in an Austrian deportation prison. He was only 35 years old. He did not suffer from any illness at the time of his arrest and was healthy.
Austrian authorities have not yet given any explanation of cause of his death.
According to the Chechen Service of the American propaganda radio RFE/RL (aka Radio Marsho), Zelimkhan Isakov has been living in Austria for several years. In response to the denial to him of the refugee status, Zelimkhan Isakov submitted an appeal and was waiting for a result. He was detained by police in Vienna in broad daylight. The reason for the detention was lack of an ID with him.
Shortly afterwards, his ID was handed over to police by Isakov's relatives. But they did not release the refugee, but rather threatened him with deportation to Russia.
Zelimkhan Isakov was a prisoner in a Russian concentration camp. He spent several years in prison and was subjected to tortures on charges of participation in the war against Russian invaders.
After his release, he went to Austria in search of a refuge. However, the authorities of that country denied him the refugee status. He filed an appeal, and waited for an answer.
According to the sources in Austria, Zelimkhan Isakov died just 2 days before his deportation to Russia. According to his friends and relatives, he was perfectly healthy and died from stress and deep depression from a prospect of being thrown once again into a Russian concentration camp, where he had already passed the torture procedures a few years ago.
No Austria media outlet reported on his sudden death in prison.
Department of Monitoring