Moscow PG student arrested on suspicion of making explosives reports on torture committed by Balashikha policemen

Moscow PG student arrested on suspicion of making explosives reports on torture committed by Balashikha policemen
Azat Miftakhov

Earlier, a post-graduate student of the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics фе the Moscow State University (MSU), Azat Miftakhov, disappeared for the whole day after being interrogated by the police and was officially detained and placed in the pre-trial detention center only on February 2.

Azat Miftakhov, the post-graduate student of the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics at the Moscow State University, who was arrested on suspicion of producing explosives, spoke about beatings and torture in the investigative department of the municipal department of the Interior Ministry in Balashikha. His lawyer, Svetlana Sidorkina, who met her client in the Balashikha police department, told Novaya Gazeta about this.

According to Sirotkina, Miftakhov was detained in the rented apartment on the morning of February 1. The police found objects from which Miftakhov could produce explosive. He denies making an explosive device.

The policemen became angry, the detainee told a lawyer, and they began to torture him using an included screwdriver. One of the law enforcement officers first put it on the detainee’s chest (Miftakhov showed his trace to the lawyer), after which he put it on the detainee’s anus.

After that, the police beat the detainee, striking him in the chest and face. Then the detainee was given medical assistance, and in the morning of February 2, he was again taken to the police station, where was kept chained to a chair in one of the cabinets.

Miftakhov is one of 11 detained anarchists of the movement who are suspected of making explosives. Earlier, the detainee, Daniel Galkin, spoke about the beating and torture with electric shock after the arrest.

Earlier it was reported that Azat Miftakhov, who was detained on February 1, and who is a member of the anarchist organization People’s Self-Defense, disappeared for a whole day. When lawyer Svetlana Sidorkina appealed to the Balashikha Prosecutor’s Office, the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on this issue, the detainee suddenly was found.

At the same time, the investigator refused to say what happened to Miftakhov on the day when his relatives and the lawyer were looking for him. He told Svetlana Sidorkina that he was “hid in various offices of the investigative department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs,” and in the evening was transported from the Ministry of Internal Affairs building on Sovetskaya Street to the building on Evstafyeva Street.

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