Dagestan MIA department head arrested for torturing prisoners

Dagestan MIA department head arrested for torturing prisoners
Artem Magomedov (center) and officers of the Department of Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Rutul district

The police officer tried to escape but was detained and placed under house arrest.

The court in Dagestan has placed Head of the Department of Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Rutul district Artem Magomedov, who is charged with Exceeding Official Powers with the Use of Violence (item a part 3 of Art. 286 of the Russian Criminal Code), under arrest. The police officer was detained after trying abscond, Interfax reports.

According to the ICR in Dagestan, in February 2018, Magomedov beat a local resident “out of personal dislike” in the Amsar village of the Rutul district and then ordered his subordinates to take him to the police station. Magomedov struck the detainee several more time.

The victim is Magomedov’s cousin Allakhkuli Alimov, Chernovik reports. The police officer broke into the house of his cousin and attacker him, swearing and threatening him with a service weapon.

October 17, Magomedov had to appear for questioning by investigator, but he turned off his phone and fled instead. He was detained the following day, and October 19, the policeman appeared before the court. The investigation into the criminal case is ongoing.

November 4, 2017, the police detained the victim’s older brother, Efendi Alimov, on suspicion of setting fire to the Rutul district administration building in September of the same year and illicit drug trafficking. Akim Kuliev, Muradin Eminov, and Suleyman Guseynov were detained along with him, Meduza reports. Allegedly, the police officers tried to extract a confession under torture.

November 24, 2017, Akim Kuliev cut open his stomach in a temporary containment cell. “I want to speak to the State Duma deputies from Dagestan, our public figures, athletes, and politicians, asking them to take up this issue and not remain indifferent,” UFC Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov wrote in Instagram after the incident. It turned out the fighter is Kuliev’s friend.

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