Almasm Rabilavich Sharipov

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Almasm Rabilavich Sharipov
Born (1971-04-23) April 23, 1971 (age 43)
Avzion, Russia
Released 2004-02-27
Detained at Guantanamo
Alternate name


  • Almasm Rabilavich Sharipov
  • Almaz Sharipov
  • Abdur Razakah
  • Shamil Khazhiev
  • Shamil Khadzhiev
  • Shamil Khazhiyev
ISN 209
Charge(s) No charge, held in extrajudicial detention
Status Repatriated

Almasm Rabilavich Sharipov (born 1971), also known as Shamil Hajiyev is a citizen of Russia who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States's Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1] [2] Hajiyev is a muslim from Bashkortostan. Hajiyev served as a detective in Tatarstan and a law student at Uta State University, until his disappearance in 1999.[2]

Hajiyev, and six other Russian Guantanamo detainees, were repatriated to Russia, were they faced charges of illegal border crossing, being members of a criminal group and being a mercenary in an armed conflict. [3] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 209.


Sharipov, and seven other men were held in Guantanamo.[4][5] Sharipov was reported to have been repatriated on 24 February 2004 with six other Russian men.[6]

Seizure of his privileged attorney client documents[edit]

On June 10, 2006 the Department of Defense reported that three captives died in custody. The Department of Defense stated the three men committed suicide. Camp authorities called the deaths "an act of asymmetric warfare", and suspected plans had been coordinated by the captive's attorneys—so they seized all the captives' documents, including the captives' copies of their habeas documents.[7] Since the habeas documents were privileged lawyer-client communication the Department of Justice was compelled to file documents about the document seizures. According to documents filed by the United States Department of Justice "Abdur Razakah's" documents were seized by camp authorities. Those documents identified Abdur Razakah as captive 209.

Request for Asylum in the Netherlands[edit]

Shamil Khazhiev arrived in the Netherlands on March 26, 2007, where he requested political asylum.[8] In his request for asylum was based on his assertion that he was a "victim of harassment by Russian intelligence". Russian security officials confirmed he had been "under watch", but denied the harassment claims. Netherlands officials house Khazhiev in the Ter Apel refugee accommodation center. Human Rights Watch reports the Netherlands did grant him asylum.[9]


  1. ^ "List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006". United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2006-05-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Eight Russian Citizens Kept at Guantanamo Base". Pravda. 2003-09-08. Archived from the original on 2010-01-08. "Almaz Sharipov (or Shamil Hajiyev) - comes from the republic of Bashkortostan. Before crossing the Russian border, he was a member of an Islamic organization, like two other captives. The investigation determined, Almaz Sharipov's real name was Shamil Hajiyev, he was born in 1971. Before leaving the Russian territory, Hajiyev was a law-enforcement officer, an investigator in Tatarstan. In addition, he was a student of the law department of the Ufa State University. He left his job in 1999 - since that time his relatives have not had any information about him." 
  3. ^ "US handed Russia seven Russian members of Taliban". Pravda. 2004-01-03. Archived from the original on 2010-01-08. 
  4. ^ "Eight Russian Citizens Kept at Guantanamo Base". Pravda. 2003-09-08. Retrieved 2008-07-26.  mirror
  5. ^ "US handed Russia seven Russian members of Taliban". Pravda. 2004-01-03. Retrieved 2008-07-26.  mirror
  6. ^ OARDEC (2008-10-09). "Consolidate chronological listing of GTMO detainees released, transferred or deceased". United States Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 27 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  7. ^ "Respondents' response to Court's August 7, 2006 order". United States Department of Defense. August 15, 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-06-27. Retrieved 2008-06-23.  mirror
  8. ^ "Taliban fighter from Russia seeks Dutch asylum". Axis Globe. 2007-04-04. Archived from the original on 2010-01-08. "He arrived in that country on March 26 and told local officials in the airport that he is the victim of harassment by Russian intelligence. He is now living in the Ter Apel refugee accommodation center in The Netherlands, Kommersant reports today." 
  9. ^ "Q & A: Resettlement of Guantanamo Bay Detainees". Human Rights Watch. 2009-02-23. Archived from the original on 2010-01-08.