Man beats mother to death after police ignore her complaints as Russia keeps domestic violence decriminalized

Man beats mother to death after police ignore her complaints as Russia keeps domestic violence decriminalized

All attempts to get local police attention had failed.

Another domestic violence ended up in a murder in Alapaevsk, Sverdlovsk region. A woman died after having been beaten up by her son. She had turned to the police for protection earlier but to no avail. State Duma deputy Dmitry Ionin told the story.

"The classic “Come when they kill you” situation. The inhuman principle some representatives of law enforcement agencies still follow. At the end of April, residents at 7 Kalinina turned to me with a complaint about their neighbor, Dmitry Krotov, who had been terrorizing the whole building for more than 20 years, saying things like, “I’ll blow up the gas”. He tortured his mother on regular basis, kept saying he’d kill her, the people asked the police and the city administration to help them,” said the deputy.

According to him, all the attempts to get the attention were unsuccessful. Dmitry Ionin sent a deputy’s request to the prosecutor’s office of the Sverdlovsk Region, and from there, it was sent to the police and the city administration for jurisdiction. The Alapaevsk police department refused to initiate proceedings under Art. 117 of the Criminal Code, "Torture".

“The tragedy occurred a few days ago: as a result of another beating by Dmitry Krotov, his 57-year-old mother, Natalya Krotova, died. Krotov has not even been taken into custody. He continues to drink and be violent, threatening his neighbors,” said the deputy.

Dmitry Ionin asked the new Sverdlovsk chief of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Alexander Meshkov, to check up on the Alapaevsk police department and the city administration.

“The regional prosecutor and a State Duma deputy call the attention of police and officials that there is a threat to human life. All they get in response are non-committal replies and even verbal indignation against the neighbors who have turned about the threat. Bottom line – the thing that they said might happen actually happens. Someone gets murdered,” Ionin says.

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