The European Court of Human Rights has awarded more than 500 thousand euros to seventeen Russians on claims of violence by law enforcement officials and an ineffective investigation. This is stated on the court’s website. The court awarded each of the applicants compensation for non-pecuniary damage in the amount of 11 to 45 thousand euros. The Strasbourg court concluded that the Russian authorities violated the articles on the prohibition of torture, the right to personal integrity, a fair trial and the right to privacy.
In the first document of the court saidthat in the period from 2007 to 2015 the security forces detained eight citizens of the Russian Federation in the Murmansk, Tomsk Yaroslavl and Saratov regions, as well as in the Altai Territory and Tatarstan. Each of them reported that he was beaten by law enforcement officers.
So, Radik Gilmutdinov was detained in Kazan on April 5, 2011 on suspicion of participation in a criminal group and sent to the IVS. According to the victim, two days later he was taken to the OVD, where policemen tortured Gilmutdinov with confessions. The man was handcuffed, a hat was put on his head and sealed with duct tape so that the detainee could not breathe. Then the Interior Ministry officers twisted Gilmutdinov’s arms and made him run. After that, they squeezed the detainee between two mattresses, blocking the access to oxygen. The security forces also used a stun gun in the process of torture, according to the ECHR document.
The doctors recorded the applicants’ bruises and bruises all over their bodies, fractures, burns, concussion. The investigators refused to initiate a criminal case against the security forces to all the victims. According to one of the Russians, the case was subsequently opened, but “it was not possible to identify the perpetrators.”
In the second published document it says on the detention of nine more Russians in the period from 2008 to 2011. The victims spoke of beatings and torture, including the use of an electric shock. The doctors recorded the applicants’ bruises, abrasions and bruises. They were also denied to initiate criminal proceedings against the security forces. In addition, Russian courts found the victims guilty of crimes, some of them confessing after torture.
For example, Mikhail Masalgin from Moscow was convicted of using violence against a policeman. According to the security officials, during his arrest in August 2008, he hit an employee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on the head and tore off his badge. Masalgin himself said that during the arrest, the police threw him to the ground and began to beat him. Then they dragged him by the handcuffs to the police car and continued beating him there. When Masalgin was taken to the police station, he was unconscious and woke up after being hit in the groin, he said. The siloviki called it “relaxing blows.”
Sergei Vorotnikov was detained in Moscow in April 2011. At that time, he had not yet reached the age of majority. According to Vorotnikov, he refused to get into the police car, for which the security forces punched him in the stomach and face, as well as on his right ankle. When the teenager fell to the ground, the police officers continued to beat him and then handcuffed him and threw him into the car. At the Shchukino police station, the beating continued.
The ambulance crew called to the police station diagnosed the young man with a closed craniocerebral injury, concussion, bruises of the soft tissues of the face and rupture of the ligaments of the right ankle joint.
Konstantin Tyugulev was detained in Saratov on February 22, 2011 as a suspect in a series of robberies and embezzlement of money from ATMs. They beat him, handcuffed him, tied his legs, and then strangled him with a gas mask and tortured him with electric shocks. The arrest report was drawn up only the next day. Then Tyugulev made a confession, on the basis of which he was subsequently convicted. On February 25, doctors examined the suspect and recorded bruises and abrasions on his body. In the summer of 2011, the Leninsky District Court of Saratov, represented by judge Pavel Tsarenko, sentenced 32-year-old Konstantin Tyugulev to 16 years in a special regime colony, reported publication “MK Saratov”. Two other defendants in the case received shorter terms.