06 June 2020, 11:17

"Mediazona" presents typical torture cases in Krasnodar Territory

In the Krasnodar Territory, law enforcers are regularly using torture to obtain confessions from detainees, the "Mediazona" has concluded.

In Russia, law enforcers detain people, torture them, trying to knock out confessions to crimes; then, they fabricate cases in order to depict detentions as legitimate, says a "Mediazona" article.

It's law enforcers' convenient method – to detain someone under an administrative article, Sergey Romanov, a lawyer, points out. During the arrest, traces of torture become less pronounced and more difficult to fix.

Human rights defenders have cited eight cases, including the case of Artyom Danilov. In July 2019, he claimed that law enforcers had beat him up and poured boiling water on him, forcing him to write a confession to "causing serious harm to the health of his cohabitant, which led to her death." As a result, Danilov wrote a confession.

Nikita Khatskevich, a resident of the city of Gulkevichi, was hospitalized after detention. According to his story, he was beaten up after he refused to admit to stealing an electric cable.

In March 2017, as Aram Gambaryan, a resident of Krasnodar, reported, law enforcers took him to the forest, beat him up, threatened to kill him and demanded to testify in the case of an attempt on an entrepreneur. The man signed the protocol, and on the following day, he was arrested for ten days of arrest under the article on swearing in a public place.

Artyom Ponomarchuk, Aram Arustamyan, Karen and Erik Engoyan, residents of the city of Anapa, detained in December 2015, confessed to robbery. Their relatives claimed that the young men had to confess to the crime that they never committed under severe torture.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on June 6, 2020 at 01:10 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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