Hitchin man launches last appeal against deportation from Russia
- Credit: Archant
A final appeal against deportation from Russia has been launched by a cancer sufferer.
John Gordon, who previously lived in Hitchin for 30 years and raised his family there, has launched an appeal against his deportation to the Supreme Court of Russia in Moscow after his application for a visa was one day late.
Dr Gordon, who has worked on EU-funded agricultural projects in Russia since moving to the country in 1994, was receiving treatment for prostate cancer at Samara Oncology Hospital on August 5 – the day his visa to stay in the country expired.
The 77-year-old, who is still a member of social networking men’s group the Hitchin 41 Club, applied for a visa the following day but it was rejected. He was later arrested and ordered to leave Russia. Dr Gordon then managed to get his deportation delayed while he appealed because his high blood pressure made him a flight risk. Since then he has unsuccessfully appealed to local and regional courts in Samara in south east Russia, and to the European Court of Human Rights.
Dr Gordon said: “I have a lot of people working on the appeal but I have no idea when the case will be heard.
“It could be a week, a month or even six months.
“Health wise I have now had three successive successful check-ups in a row and the doctors have told me that if things continue the way they are I won’t need radiotherapy.
- 1 Icon building planning appeal quashed after High Court review
- 2 Cat owner given 'best Christmas present' after being reunited with missing Maine Coon five years after disappearance
- 3 Bubble tea emporium opens in Stevenage
- 4 Woman pleads guilty to smashing bottles of booze worth £10,000
- 5 Men sentenced after guns and class A drugs uncovered at Ickleford property
- 6 New QEII Urgent Care Centre opening hours set to change
- 7 College releases statement after medical incident sparks social media rumours
- 8 Met police officer pleads not guilty to 20 charges including seven rapes
- 9 Stevenage Pizza Hut closure prompts Nando's plans
- 10 A taste of what's to come: We look at Tranquil Turtle's menu ahead of opening
“That would have been an issue because the authorities have forbidden me from being an inpatient because of my immigration status. That would have meant coming in on a daily basis to have radiotherapy.
“Luckily my scans have been clear so things are really looking up health wise, I just wish I could say the same for my immigration status.”
A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: “We are aware of the case of British national in Samara, Russia, and have provided him with consular assistance.”