After nine months of being stuck in the transit zone of Moscow Sheremetyevo airport, Hasan Yasien is free.
Throughout the past year I’ve been covering the story of Hasan Yasein, a Syrian refugee who was entrapped in the transit zone of Moscow Sheremetyevo airport.
- How Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport Became a Refugee Camp
- Update: Man Stuck In Moscow Airport For Over Eight Months
- Hasan, The Man Stuck In The Moscow Airport, Has Been Barricaded In
I first met Hasan while connecting flights at Shermetyevo after departing from Kazakhstan, and we kept in touch ever since. I would write a little about his situation — stuck in the airport next to the duty free shops — and eventually a little momentum grew. People would find out about him and bring him essentials or just go to meet him during layovers. He became a defacto attraction of sorts, and images of his little hermitage across from the Burger King began making their way onto social media.
After a nine month internment, I am pleased to announce that Hasan was released and is now in Kalmar, in the south of Sweden. The UN High Commission of Refugees finally took decisive action and sprung him loose. He is now studying Swedish and will soon get a job.
But the Russian authorities still didn’t give him back his bag, which had been a major side plot to this story. I’ve now found out why: there was $3,000 in it.
However, this story ultimately had a happy ending.