The Central District Court of Orenburg released from house arrest three policemen accused of beating 18-year-old Gennady Shvetsov.
Press service of the court reportedthat “the accused did not allow any violations of the measure of restraint, they executed all restrictions and prohibitions, they are characterized positively, they are socially adapted, they have no previous convictions, they have a permanent place of residence and work.”
Lawyer of the “Committee against Torture” Albina Mudarisova told “Mediazona” that the police continue to work in the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Human rights activists appealed the court’s decision to mitigate the measure of restraint for the security forces and demanded that they be sent to a pre-trial detention center.
November 20, 2021 Leninsky District Court of Orenburg concluded into custody 18-year-old Gennady Shvetsov. He is suspected of robbery and stealing the phone from a friend. The defendant himself claimed that he was beaten by police officers who also threatened to rape him.
The victim in the case is a friend of Shvetsov named Alexander. According to Alexander, he himself, while sitting in the suspect’s car, handed over his phone to an acquaintance of Shvetsov, who needed to make a call. After that, Alexander got out of the car to go to the toilet. When he returned, Shvetsov’s car had already left.
According to Gennady, Alexander himself offered to give the phone to Shvetsov’s friend as collateral, since he could not repay the money debt.
According to Mudarisova, the investigators first opened a case under Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (fraud). According to Gennady Shvetsov, after his arrest on October 4, three operatives severely beat him at the police station, demanding that he confess to stealing his phone. “One of the policemen kicked me in the groin area, from this blow I fell. I experienced a wild pain in the lower abdomen and in the groin. While I was on the floor, other officers kicked me on the back,” leads Suspect’s story “Committee Against Torture”.
One of the operatives ordered the detainee to undress. “He said that he would “cockerel”, “play spin the bottle” with me,” Shvetsov recalled.
Friends of Gennady were also taken to the police station, and they saw Shvetsov being beaten. One of them agreed to give the necessary testimony to the investigators. When Shvetsov’s relatives arrived at the police station with a lawyer, the police politely informed them that “a mistake had occurred” and released the suspect.
The next day, the medical examiner recorded Shvetsov’s injuries: bruises and abrasions on his head, neck and chest. On this fact, the employees of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation initiated a case of abuse of power.
Shvetsov’s father and uncle complained that they received proposals to withdraw the statement about the beating of a teenager in the police department and “settle the issue.” However, they decided to seek justice.
On November 15, the Shvetsovs were searched. During it, a rubber training pistol of Gennady’s father was seized. After that, Alexander changed his testimony, saying that he was threatened with a gun, Mudarisova added.
The victim also began to claim that he did not voluntarily sit down, but was “pushed” into the car. “That is, he completely changed his explanations, and the case was reclassified from fraud to robbery, and Shvetsov, who was a witness, became a suspect,” Mudarisova said.
She added that now in the Orenburg media “persecution” of Shvetsov is unfolding. “They twist the situation so that the criminal complains about the slaps on the back of the head of the police, so, they say, he needs it. We know what such cases lead to, ”she concluded.
Gennady’s father, Vitaly Shvetsov, is sure that the criminal case against his son was fabricated.
Mid-January 2022 became knownthat the former FSB officer, 29-year-old Ilya Kirsanov, who during the search inserted the barrel of a carbine into the anus of businessman Igor Salikov, was released. He served less than 2 years and 4 months of the prescribed 4 years.
In 2019, FSB officer Kirsanov was found guilty of abuse of office with the use of violence, weapons and infliction of grave consequences (clauses “a”, “b” and “c” of part 3 of article 286 of the Criminal Code). The court later refused to commute his sentence on appeal. However, later the Kirovo-Chepetsky District Court of the Kirov Region replaced four years in a penal colony with a year and 10 months of restriction of liberty.
As stated in the court ruling, his sentence was mitigated on the basis of positive characteristics from the colony, an “active position for correction” and a guilty plea. The former security officer also has an encouragement from the head of the detachment of the Kirov IK-5.
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