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Russia halts deportation of Syrian asylum seekers after outcry

Russian human rights activist, head of refugee aid organization Civil Assistance, Svetlana Gannushkina, says three Syrians in Russia have been allowed to remain for nowRussia on Friday halted the deportation of three Syrian asylum seekers to Damascus in a last-minute reprieve after an outcry from rights groups including Amnesty International, activists said. Officials on Thursday had escorted the three men from war-ravaged Aleppo to Moscow’s Vnukovo airport and held them under guard prior to an evening flight to Damascus, before Russian officials axed the decision. On Friday morning they flew back under guard to the city of Makhachkala in Russia’s North Caucasus where they will return to a detention centre, the head of migrant rights group The Civic Assistance Committee Svetlana Gannushkina told AFP.

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