Case of torture initiated against head of Dagestan MIA district office

Case of torture initiated against head of Dagestan MIA district office
Artem Magomedov (center) and officers of the Department of Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Rutul district

MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov reported on the tortures of Rutul residents via social networks.

A criminal case of Exceeding Official Powers with the Use of Violence (item a part 3 of Art. 286 of the Russian Criminal Code) has been initiated against Head of MIA office in the Rutul district of Dagestan Artem Magomedov. The press service of the regional ICR Directorate reports that in February 2018, Magomedov beat a local resident “out of personal dislike” in the Amsar village of the Rutul district. His actions were accompanied by profanities. After that, he ordered his subordinates to take the man to the police department, where he continued to beat him. 

Interfax reports referring to sources that Magomedov tried to abscond. “Investigator summoned him for questioning. He promised to come but then he turned off his phone and took a lower profile, he’s still missing,” news agency source said. 

Later it was reported that Artem Magomedov was detained by intelligence agencies. According to the Investigative Committee, the leadership of the Republic’s MIA has initiated a service check to establish all circumstances surrounding the incident.

Kavkaz.Realii notes that about a year ago, administration building burned down in Rutul. Back then, police officers detained four locals and accused them of the violation of the rules of drug trafficking and the deliberate destruction of property committed out of Hooliganism. The detainees complained about torture by the police. November 24, 2017, one of them caused injury to himself in a temporary containment cell. The authorities drew attention to the situation only after MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov, whose childhood friend was Kuliev, wrote about the tortures of Rutul residents.

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