URGENT HELP NEEDED – LGBTQ Activist facing deportation to Russia

“A friend and comrade Ira Putilova has been detained today by UKBA officials. Ira is an LQBTQ person from Russia who is currently claiming asylum in the U.K for her own safety. In Russia she was harassed, followed, and attacked, by state officials, the police and Neo Nazis because of her political activism and LGBTQ status; if she is returned to Russia she is likely to face torture, detention, and potentially death. Today (06/12/13) she was taken by UKBA officials to Yarls Wood Immigration Removal Centre and may face imminent deportation. We have recently lost contact with Ira, but are hoping to speak to her later tonight when she arrives at Yarls Wood. In the mean time, we ask everyone reading this to spread the word about Ira and her situation, and to contact groups or people who might be able to help- All and any actions of support/solidarity are greatly appreciated by Ira and her Friends.”

Can anyone with any experience or contacts in immigration/asylum PLEASE contact myself or my friend Faith Taylor (thefaitht@gmail.com) as soon as possible.

Thanks,

Aedan

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