ICR relaunches investigation into beating of Kstovo resident walking her dachshund
Police officers took Kristina Morozova to a police station to check her identity, where she ended up getting a closed craniocerebral injury, minor cerebral contusion, fissure fracture of her cheekbone, fracture of her left sphenoid bone, and large leg bruise.
The Kstovo Investigative Department of the ICR Investigations Directorate in the Nizhny Novgorod region launched an investigation into the beating of Kstovo resident Kristina Morozova at a local police station, according to the Committee against Torture.
The ICR Directorate in the Nizhny Novgorod region canceled Kstovo Investigative Department investigator Elena Lyadskaya’s November 2017 decision to stop a criminal investigation. From now on, Kstovsky Department Deputy Head Vladimir Pogosov will investigate into the infamous episode of local police officers exceeding their official power and using violence.
On January 11, 2017, the criminal investigation was launched for violation of Art. 286, part 3, item 'a' (Exceeding Official Powers with Use of Violence) of the Russian Criminal Code after two failed attempts.
The incident occurred in the autumn of 2016. 33-year-old Kristina Morozova was walking her dog near her acquaintance’s apartment house when a police car stopped by. Officers asked her to show her ID that she did not have with her. Meanwhile, her friendly dachshund put its paw on one officer’s leg.
Kristina Morozova and her dachshund
The officer kicked the dog and accused the woman of her dog staining his clothing. The officer took Morozova and her dog to the police station to check her identity. At the police station, they tried to force her to take off her bra. She refused, so they used scissors to cut it. They hit her several times and locked her in a cell for the night. They also pepper-sprayed and beat her dog.
They took her to court the next day. She was fined for minor vandalism and resisting police officers. The police officers also falsely accused her of cursing at them.
Moreover, Morozova suffered a closed craniocerebral injury, minor cerebral contusion, fissure fracture of her cheekbone, fracture of her left sphenoid bone, and large leg bruise. One officer also accused her of cursing at him when being in the police car; she was charged with violation of article 319 (Insult of a Representative of Power) of the Code.
Appellate court stopped criminal prosecution of Kristina Morozova and awarded her the right for amnesty and emotional distress damages on November 10, 2017. Now the police officers who beat her will become a cause for investigation.
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