10:27 Jul. 26, 2016
Ravil Mingazov has spent 14 years in military prison after US arrested him over alleged participation in armed conflict in Afghanistan
The last Russian prisoner in the Guantanamo military prison in Cuba is to be released, according to the US decision, approved on July 25, 2016. Former dancer of the Russian Red Army Ballet Ravil Mingazov has spent almost 14 years in prison after he was accused of fighting alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan, RFE/RL reports.
Pentagon also suspects that the 48-year-old has connections with the ISIL group in Uzbekistan, which is, in turn, linked to Al-Qaeda.
Moscow has repeatedly criticized the imprisonment of Mingazov and demanded his release and extradition. However, Pentagon claims that the accused doesn't want to return to Russia, because he fear possible persecution.
Mingazov, who is ethnic Tatar, told the US reps that he had left Russia because of the oppressions of the Muslims in the country.
Besides Mingazov, eight Russians were previously imprisoned in Guantanamo.