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Afghani Christian in Russia spared deportation

Posted on Feb 15, 03:14PM | IANS

Moscow, Feb 15 : Russian migration authorities have revised a decision to deport an Afghan teenaged girl who claimed to be facing death penalty at home because she converted from Islam to Christianity.

"Granting temporary asylum in Russia is a humane solution in this situation," the Federal Migration Service said.

Ruya Ivaz Ali, 19, converted from Islam to Orthodox Christianity some time after moving to Russia's Perm region in the Urals with her family in 2011, the migration service said.

Ali's father spent hours beating her after learning about her conversion, she told online tabloid Lifenews.ru in a filmed interview.

Ali was eventually abandoned by her relatives, who have been avoiding the migration authorities ever since, the tabloid reported.

The teenager, meanwhile, requested asylum in Russia, saying that if expelled to Afghanistan, she would face death by stoning as an apostate of Islam, in accordance with the Islamic sharia law.

In January, Perm migration authorities denied her request and placed her in a detention centre for illegal migrants to await deportation.

However, after her story appeared in the press, the central office of the Federal Migration Service overruled the decision and granted Ali temporary asylum, which is valid for a year and can be extended.