Join The Campaign To Free Ravil Mingazov. 
Ravil Mingazov is an innocent Russian citizen who was held without trial or charge in Guantanamo Bay from 2002 to 2017 before being transferred to the UAE where he remains imprisoned without charge. 

Ravil has been subjected to torture and cruelty for 23 years. Instead of his ordeal coming to an end, Ravil is in danger of being sent back to Russia where he would face further persecution. 

Ravil Mingazov has a son in the UK that he’s not seen since he was a baby. It’s time they are reunited.

Join the call to #FreeRavil today. 

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In this exclusive interview for CAGE: Moazzam Begg interviews Yusuf, Ravil's only child, who recently graduated from a British university. Ravil last saw Yusuf when he was a baby.


You can read more about Ravil’s story here, from his being a soldier in the Russian army, to being taken to Bagram and Guantanamo, facing years of torture there to his current situation in prison in the UAE.

Write directly to Tina Kaidanow (US Senior Representative of Guantanamo Affairs) asking her to intervene in Ravil’s case, to secure his safety and unite him with his son and family in the UK. 

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SUBJECT: URGENT intervention to free Ravil Mingazov 

to: kaidanowTS@state.gov

cc: contact@cage.ngo

Dear Ms Kaidanow  

I am writing to you as a concerned citizen who has been made aware of Ravil Mingazov’s case. He is a Russian Tartar citizen who was held unlawfully in US custody in Bagram and Guantanamo for 15 years where he faced torture and abuse. 

Despite the lengthy time he spent in Guantanamo Bay, he was never charged with a crime and was never designated for trial. When he was set to be released from Guantanamo Bay, he was given the option of returning to Russia which he had to refuse based on the risk of harm and persecution he would face upon returning there. He had heard about other Guantanamo Bay prisoners who returned to Russia who were subjected to abuse, arbitrary detention and one was even killed extrajudicially by the Russian security services. In 2017 Ravil was transferred to the UAE with an understanding that he would be resettled there and be able to rebuild his life. 

This unfortunately didnt happen, and Ravil’s arbitrary detention and torture has only increased and he has been in solitary confinement in the UAE for over 6 years. He has been denied legal representation and has had limited contact to his family, they have only seen him once in the last 3 years. Ravil’s son, Yusuf, does not remember meeting his father as he was so young when he was taken from him, and has only managed short phone calls of a few minutes during his detention in the UAE. 

Of the 23 former Guantanamo prisoners sent to the UAE, Ravil is the only one who remains in custody and he must be freed immediately. Many who have been freed have described the conditions within prisons in the UAE as far worse than Guantanamo, one Afghan who was detained there for 4 years said “I’ve faced many prisons, but the worst was our stay in the UAE.”

The US are responsible for the conditions Ravil is facing currently, and he has suffered 6 years in breach of non-refoulement in the UAE and faces further risk of torture and abuse as they are trying to send him back to Russia. As a state that has been accused of war crimes in Ukraine, the notion that Ravil could be sent there with tacit approval by the US government would result in Ravil’s detention and further abuse. 

The UN recently suggested that the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo is a ‘crime against humanity’. Ravil’s ongoing imprisonment is a clear continuation of that crime. As the senior representative of Guantanamo Affairs and overseeing detainee transfers, I am requesting your urgent intervention in Ravil’s case, to ensure he is relocated to a state where he will be free and safe and will be able to reunite with his son, who is a UK citizen and resident. 

I hope to hear from you regarding this. 

Yours sincerely

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