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Uzbekistan: Update - Human rights defender Mr Maksim Popov released
Human rights defender Mr Maksim Popov was released from Penal Colony No.6, Navoi Oblast, on 9 June 2011. He served two years of a seven-year prison sentence. The following five years of his prison sentence have been commuted to corrective work.
On 9 June 2009, Mr Maksim Popov was sentenced to seven years imprisonment by Chilazar district court of Tashkent.
Maksim Popov is a psychologist and Executive Director of Izis, a non-governmental organisation which conducts training programmes on HIV/AIDS, individual and group counselling sessions, as well as ensuring the provision of sterile needles.
Front Line welcomes the release of Maksim Popov however urges the authorities in Uzbekistan to drop all charges against him.