Vologda police officers scare 19 yo student into giving money for scratched car
Two former police officers has been convicted in the Vologda region for harassment and extorting from a 19-year-old student.
After examining the evidence obtained by investigators of the ICR department in Vytegorsky district, Vologda Region, the court found it sufficient and passed a guilty verdict against two former policemen. They were found guilty under item (a), part 2 of Art. 163 of the Criminal Code (Extortion committed by a group of persons by previous concert).
During the investigation and subsequent trial, specialists established that on April 16, by preliminary agreement, the police officers started demanding 60 thousand rubles from the 19-year-old student in the yard of one of the houses in the city of Vytegra. They told the student that the other day he had allegedly scratched the car of one of the police officers, while driving his friend’s automobile. Law enforcers threatened to kill the young man in case he would had refused to give them money.
As the investigation established, their intimidation was so brutal that not only did the young man refuse to contact law enforcement agencies, but he also paid them the required sum. Moreover, even when the illegal actions of the police officers were identified by the internal security department and a criminal case was initiated against them, the young man denied the fact of extortion, fearing for his lie and well-being.
Both police officers were dismissed from service and received four years of suspended sentence.
Saburova believes that the Russian authorities violated articles 2 and 5 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, guaranteeing the right to life, as well as the right to freedom and personal inviolability.