Ministry of Internal Affairs apologizes to residents of Orenburg for tortures in department 10 years later

Ministry of Internal Affairs apologizes to residents of Orenburg for tortures in department 10 years later

According to the detainees, the policemen would put gas masks on them and blow cigarette smoke into the breathing hose. Apart from that, they were strangled and beaten with batons.

The head of the MIA City Directorate in Orenburg, Alexander Nyrov, made an official apology to local residents Vyacheslav Sadovsky, Anton Ferapontov and Maxim Nimatov for tortures the Dzerzhinsky Regional MIA Department in 2008, Committee Against Torture reported.

As the human rights activists note, the police apologized three months after the conviction of the policemen came into force and after the appeal of Committee’s  lawyers.

On August 25, 2008, Vyacheslav Sadovsky, Maxim Nimatov and Anton Ferapontov were taken to the Dzerzhinsky Regional MIA Department in Orenburg. They said that for a day they were severely tortured in order to obtain confessions in several cases.

As the detainees told, the pol were put on gas masks and put smoke from cigarettes into the breathing hose. In addition, they were strangled and beaten with clubs.

According to the detainees, the policemen would put gas masks on them and blow cigarette smoke into the breathing hose. Apart from that, they were strangled and beaten with batons.

Lawyers were allowed to meet the detainees only by the evening of August 26. They said that they were forced to incriminate themselves under torture. All the victims were officially diagnosed with bruises, abrasions, dislocations of joints among, and one of them – with a brain concussion. Mediazona wrote in detail about the detention and torture of Sadovsky, Nimatov and Ferapontov.

In September 2017, the court sentenced MIA officers Albert Akmanov and Vasily Zubikhin to a year of imprisonment. Both of them were immediately released from serving their penalties due to the expiry of the statute of limitations. Later, the punishment was reduced to 11 months in a penal colony-settlement.

At first, the policemen were accused of abuse of office with the use of violence and special means (clauses ‘a’ and ‘b’ of part 3 of Article 286 CCRF). However, the court decided that there is not enough evidence confirming that it was the officers who inflicted bodily harm on the detainees. Akmanov and Zubihin were found guilty of abuse of office without any further charges. For delaying the investigation of the torture case, the residents of Orenburg were granted a compensation of 200,000 rubles ($ 3,000) each.

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