Investigative Committee conducts check after complaint on tortures by FSB staff

Investigative Committee conducts check after complaint on tortures by FSB staff
Aram Gambaryan

After tortures, one of the suspects of attempt at ‘authoritative’ businessman Gulua still undergoes treatment.

The Investigative Directorate of the Karasunsky district of Krasnodar authorized an additional check according to the statement of relatives of Aram Gambaryan who, according to his own statement, was tortured by the staff of the Federal Security Service (FSB) in the woods. As states, this was already the fifth statement in law enforcement agencies of representatives of the injured resident of Krasnodar. Before that, the initiation of legal proceedings was repeatedly rejected. It is known that the current investigation verification will take place under control of prosecutor's office, the Committee on prevention of tortures reports.

According to Gambaryan, on March 21 he was kidnapped directly in the center of Krasnodar by unknown armed men, who introduced themselves as the staff of FSB and the Moscow Criminal Investigation Department. They took the man out to the wood where started to beat him and torture. As the victim tells, at first he was kicked with legs, hit with a stun gun in his genitals, armpits, under a jaw, and in legs. After that, they threw him into a hole and began to dig him in. In the end, they put a gun to his temple and shot several times near his ear. During the tortures which continued within 6 hours, the alleged FSB employees demanded from him to give the necessary evidence on the case of the attempt at local businessman Mindia Gulua who is called the main lobbyist of interests of code-bound criminal Merab Dzhangveladze.

Last summer, unknown fired in the Dzhangveladze's car in the Yubileiny residential district of Krasnodar. Therefore the businessman was wounded in the area of a stomach, the bullet shattered his rib. The bullet hit his bodyguard’s forearm, while he was covering Dzhangveladze. Both survived. Local Eduard Kesheshyan who was once familiar with Gulua was arrested within the initiated proceedings under part 3 of Art. 30, part 1 of Art. 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Attempted Murder) and part 1 of Art. 222 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Illegal Arms Trafficking) in the fall of 2016. The investigation considers Kesheshyan, a disabled person of the first group who moves only with a cane, a killer. Gambaryan was his friend and carried parcels in the pre-trial detention center.

After tortures in the woods, Gambaryan was taken to the building of local Investigative Committee where he signed some papers. However he was only accused of an insignificant administrative charge - allegedly on March 22 Aram “was in a public place in the presence of citizens and unjustly expressed in a rough strong language”. Next day the Seversky District Court of the Krasnodar Region arrested him for 10 days.

Because of Gambaryan’s condition, an ambulance was called to the temporary detention center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Seversk district three times. Doctors diagnosed him a closed craniocerebral injury, brain concussion, a bruise of a thorax, lumbar area and left hip.

After being released he was immediately placed in a hospital where he was appointed a treatment upon a sharp renal failure, sharp post-traumatic nephrite, complicated intense injury of kidneys of the third degree, concussion of a brain of light severity, multiple bruises, grazes of a trunk, massive hemorrhages of the lower extremities.

At the moment, according to Gambaryan, as a result of the traumas, he has mainly a non-ambulatory mode of life and still undergoes treatment.



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