KESTON NEWS SERVICE: 11.00 8 December 2000

FACTFILE TURKMENISTAN: KNB OFFICERS ENGAGED IN
PERSECUTION OF RELIGIOUS BELIEVERS. Keston News Service has
compiled a list of 42 officers of Turkmenistan's political police, the National
Security Committee (KNB, a successor to the KGB), named by reliable sources
to have been involved in persecution of those engaged in religious activity over
the past few years.

FACTFILE TURKMENISTAN:
KNB OFFICERS ENGAGED IN PERSECUTION OF RELIGIOUS
BELIEVERS

Keston News Service has compiled a list of 42 officers of Turkmenistan's
political police, the National Security Committee (KNB, a successor to the
KGB), named by reliable sources to have been involved in persecution of those
engaged in religious activity over the past few years. A number of them have
been named by multiple sources. This list is inevitably far from complete, but
includes full name and rank where known. Some officers may no longer be in
service or may have transferred to other locations.

Accompanying each name is a description of the activities against religious
believers they are reported to have been involved in, which includes arrests and
detentions, interrogations of believers, raids and searches on private homes,
beatings administered both in KNB stations and elsewhere, threats (which
range from threats of beatings, rape or deportation to death threats), expulsion
from a town or district, deportation from Turkmenistan, and confiscation of
personal property including religious literature, audio and video tapes and other
items. One officer in Serdar has been accused by a male believer of attempted
rape. One officer in Ashgabad has been accused by a believer of attempts to
recruit him as a spy within his community. Many KNB officers, however,
decline to identify themselves while harassing believers.

Some sources have named Khudaiberchen Khudaiberdiyev as the officer in
charge of religious affairs in the KNB. Others have named Karadjaev (first
name unknown), who told believers he has been in charge of religious affairs in
the KNB (and its predecessor, the KGB) since 1987. Keston has been unable to
verify the accusations against individual KNB officers, but information is from
sources that have a long track record of reliability.

Keston tried to seek a response from the KNB. Contacted by telephone on 7
December, the KNB main switchboard in Ashgabad initially denied that a
Khudaiberchen Khudaiberdiyev worked for them. After persistent requests to
speak to him the duty officer told Keston that Khudaiberdiyev was on a work
trip to another city and would not be back for a week. He said he was not
allowed to give out Khudaiberdiyev's direct number and declined to discuss his
responsibilities. The officer refused to put Keston through to a press office, or
even to say if the KNB has a press office. Despite explaining that Keston
wanted to give the KNB an opportunity to respond to the serious accusations
made against named KNB officers, the duty officer regretted he was unable to
help. Two other KNB officers contacted directly by telephone both referred
Keston to the main switchboard and declined to name any other officers Keston
could speak to.

The KNB operates both at a national level and a local level, with branches in
each city and district of the country. The KNB chairman is Muhammed
Nazarov. The address of the main headquarters is: Komitet Natsionalnogo
Bezopasnosti, Prospekt Magtymguly 91, 744000 Ashgabad, Turkmenistan.

Although a variety of state institutions have been involved in establishing the
strict controls on religious activity and persecution of religious minority
communities - including the Gengeshi (Council) for Religious Affairs, the
police (militia), the procuracy, the Justice Ministry, the Education Ministry,
and local authorities - the KNB appears to play a leading role in devising
religious policy and implementing its punitive aspects.

KNB RELIGIOUS DEPARTMENT (formal status and name unknown)
Karadjaev [first name unknown] (interrogation, threats)
Khudaiberchen Saparovich Khudaiberdiyev (interrogation, threats, deportation)

ASHGABAD
Officers:
Akmamedov [first name unknown] (raids)
Akmuradov [first name unknown] (raids)
Akmurad Amanov (interrogations, searches, confiscations)
Akmurad Amnaniyazov (searches, confiscations)
Sapar Italmazov (arrests, interrogation, threats)
Oraz Nepesovich (confiscations, interrogations)
K. T. Nurmamedov (searches, confiscations)
Nurmuradov [first name unknown] (raids, searches, confiscations)
Muhammed Orazov (interrogation, recruitment attempt, threats)
R. B. Yevshanov (raids)
B. Zhumayev (raids)

DASHKHOVUZ
Chief:
Captain A. Tadjikov (raids)

Deputy chief:
Godjiev [first name unknown] (raids)

Officers:
Beknepesov [first name unknown] (interrogations)
Annageldi Djumayev (threats, arrests)
Geldimurat Khadyrov (raids)
Lieutenant M. Khasanov (raids)
Lt-Col. E. I. Lapshin (interrogations, confiscations)
Senior lieutenant Saparmurat Shekhiev (raids, interrogations, threats)
Redjapov [first name unknown] (interrogations, beatings)

KAAKHKA
Officer:
Begmurad Meredov (interrogation, threats)

KHAZAR (formerly CHELEKEN)
Officer:
Umarov [first name unknown] (searches, confiscations)

MARY
Officers:
Yusup Charryev (interrogation)
Mamed Kuldjayev (interrogation, threats)
Dovlat P. Yazykuliyev (raids, beatings, expulsion, deportation)
Suleiman [last name unknown] (raids, beatings, expulsion)

SERDAR (formerly KYZYL-ARBAT)
Chief:
Atadjan Myatiyev (interrogation, threats, beatings, attempted rape)

Officers:
Agadjan [last name unknown] (arrests, interrogation, beatings)
Nury [last name unknown] (interrogation, threats)

SEYDY
Chief:
Vepakuly Rebbenokulyyev (searches, interrogation, threats, raids,
confiscations, expulsions)

Officers:
Khudaiberdiyev [first name unknown] (interrogation, threats, expulsion)
Soltanov [first name unknown] (interrogation, threats, expulsion)
Dovlet Yangibayev (raids)

TURKMENABAD (formerly CHARDJOU)
Chief:
Boreyev (threats)

Assistant chief:
Major A. Djapbarov (searches, confiscations)

Officers:
Akmamed Kh. Begniyazov (arrests, threats, beatings, confiscations,
deportations)
Khojaev [first name unknown] (arrests)

TURKMENBASHI (formerly KRASNOVODSK)
Chief:
E. B. Djanymbaev (arrests, beatings)

Officers:
A. Toganklychev (searches, confiscations)
Ziyadov [first name unknown] (arrests)

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