Ivanovo police officers sentenced for torture of detainees

Ivanovo police officers sentenced for torture of detainees

In the Ivanovo region, police officers tortured detainees to obtain confessions for the sake of improving crime detection rate.

In the Ivanovo region, the court has convicted four policemen who had tortured detainees. Konstantin Kurnikov, Aleksandr Melnikov, Aleksey Zhuravlev, and Pavel Mashukhin has been found guilty under items a and b part 3 of Art. 286 of the Russian Criminal Code (Abuse of official powers, that is, the commission of actions by an official, that clearly go beyond his powers and entail a significant violation of the rights and legitimate interests of citizens, as well as the interests of society and the state protected by law, with the use of violence or the threat of its use, and with the use of special means).  

During the investigation and subsequent legal proceedings, experts found that in May 2015, while being head of the Teykovsky District Department of MIA and wishing to artificially raise the rates of crime detection, Konstantin Kurnikov colluded with three of his colleagues. As a result, Kurnikov, Chief of the Criminal Investigation Department Melnikov, Criminal Investigator of the Criminal Investigation Department Mashukhin, and Deputy Chief of the Department for Disclosure of Burglaries and Car Thefts of the Ivanovo Region MIA Administration Zhuravlev detained two men and tortured them in every possible way to obtain confessions in the case of fraud in the field of car insurance.

First, they were beating the men in the police station, and then, failing to procure evidence, they took one of them to the forest where they continued the torture. Handcuffing the victim, they poured mineral water into his nose, they drove it to unconsciousness, and then put a plastic bag on his head. As a result, the detainee could not stand the torture and admitted to the alleged crimes.

The Teykovsky District Court sentenced Kurnikov and Melnikov to 5 years in prison, Zhuravlev - to 3.5 years in colony, whereas Mashukhin got off with а 3 years 3 months' probation. Moreover, the court have deprived them of the right to work in law enforcement bodies for a year and a half.



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