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    Russian Foreign Ministry's Human Rights Ombudsman Konstantin Dolgov said that Moscow expects the United States to release a Russian detainee of the Guantanamo Bay prison as soon as possible.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Moscow expects the United States to release a Russian detainee of the Guantanamo Bay prison, Ravil Mingazov, as soon as possible, Russian Foreign Ministry's Human Rights Ombudsman Konstantin Dolgov said in a statement Wednesday.

    "We demand observance of all human rights and legitimate interests of the Russian citizen remaining in Guantanamo, who has been attributed to a category of 'not dangerous' prisoners by the US authorities, and we count on his rapid release," Dolgov said.

    Russia's stance on the Guantanamo prison remains unchanged and it believes the US government has to close the detention camp, the ombudsman added.

    In this 2009 file photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, an American flag fluttering in the wind is pictured through a broken window from inside an airplane hangar used for media activities at Camp Justice, the site of the U.S. war crimes tribunal compound, at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba, July 16, 2009
    © REUTERS / Brennan Linsley/Pool/Files
    Mingazov has been detained in Guantanamo without any charges pressed against him since 2002.

    The US government created the Guantanamo prison in 2002 to detain extremely dangerous offenders. In early 2009, US President Barack Obama signed an executive order to shut down the prison, following increasing human rights groups’ criticism over grave human rights violations in the camp.

    As many as 107 prisoners remain in the facility after five Yemeni Guantanamo detainees were reportedly transferred to the United Arab Emirates last week.


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