Nizhnekamsk resident appealed to ECtHR over torture in police car

Nizhnekamsk resident appealed to ECtHR over torture in police car
Vitaly Zachetov

Employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs promised to “do the deed on him, film it and post on the Internet.”

28-year-old resident of Nizhnekamsk Vitaly Zachetov filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) over being beat by the policemen. The young man was locked in a car with the stove turned on, Zachetov began to suffocate and asked to open the window, then he was beaten, he told the Zona Prava human rights organization.

The arrest took place in October 2017, during a verbal altercation with the guard of the shopping center. The police, according to Zachetov, threatened promised to “do the deed on him, film it and post on the Internet.” At the police station, the policemen drew up a report on public disorder and ordered to pay a fine of 500 rubles ($7.5).

Zachetov immediately put beatings down: bruises of the elbow, face, and injuries. The ICR refused to initiate a criminal case three times, and Zachetov decided to file with the ECtHR. According to human rights defenders, the police violated the articles of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms prohibiting torture, the right to personal integrity and the right to an effective remedy. A similar complaint was sent to the ECtHR by Alexander Shabalin, who lost his sight out of the actions of the policemen, in August 2018.

Zona Prava notes that employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Nizhnekamsk district of the Republic of Tatarstan “became famous” in October 2017, when 22-year-old Ilnaz Pirkin committed suicide accusing the police officers who tortured him after being questioned. The young man was allegedly forced to confess to theft of another 46 cars.

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