MMA Fighter To Serve Eight Years In Jail

An MMA fighter was sentenced to jail for statements he wrote on social media after being deported from Russia to Tajikistan in December.

Chorshanbe Chorshanbiev (6-3-1), a 27-year-old MMA fighter from Tajikistan, has been sentenced to eight years in jail.

Chorshanbiev was condemned for inciting “ethnic, racial, or religious hatred” and making “public pleas for violent modification of the constitutional order,” according to reports.

Chorshanbiev is Tajik by origin but identifies as Pamiri, an ethnic and religious minority that lives in Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan area. The MMA fighter first made waves with this distinction in January 2020, when he took issue with Russian competitor Nikita Solonin’s characterization of him as a “Tajik fighter.”

While Chorshanbiev apologized for his answer to Solonin, but his social media activities later drew the attention of the Tajik authorities.

After a citizen of Gorno-Badakhshan was shot and murdered by a police officer, a Pamiri fighter released a video condemning the act.

“I urge you to stand up against injustice and against the unjust death of innocent people.”

He was competing in lightweight and welterweight and spent all his career in Russia before being detained for speeding in December 2021 and deported to Tajikistan shortly after. Chorshanbiev was arrested shortly after landing in Tajikistan for his “provocative” social media posts, and he was facing up to 15 years in jail.

Despite the evidence of Yelizaveta Koltunova of the Institute of Linguistics and Journalism in Nizhny Novgorod, Chorshanbiev was sentenced to prison. After watching the video, Koltunova dismissed Chorsanbiev’s provocative purpose.

The Tajik fighter is on a two-fight winning streak and earned his latest victory at famous Russian promotion, Fight Night Global, against David Filipov.

His professional record includes six victories, three defeats, and one draw. He made his pro debut in 2016 and earned second-round submission victory.

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