Person detained in Chechnya for drugs tells about electrocuting in basement and lectures of mullah
According to a resident of Grozny, he was held in a damp room for two weeks were together with two hundred other detainees.
In Chechnya, detainees on suspicion of distribution or possession of drugs are subjected to electrocuting and kept in a basement for weeks. A resident of Grozny, who was detained, and then released without any charges being brought told that to Kavkazsky Uzel on condition of anonymity.
According to the publication’s interlocutor, the police detained him at a bus stop with a package of “some pills”, which his friend asked to give to a friend. The man was placed in a damp basement, where about two hundred other people were held.
In addition to the fact that the detainees were kept in anti-sanitary conditions, they were occasionally tortured by electrocuting and sometimes were taken to a mullah’s lectures, who read Quran to them. The man noted that he stayed there for about two weeks, and then he was released without any explanation. He added that many, especially those accused of spreading drugs, are kept for much longer and brutally tortured. Moreover, security officers and investigators ignore all complaints about the poor condition of the prisoners, denying them any medical assistance.
A law enforcement official in his conversation with the publication denied information about the tortures of the detainees. According to him, the truth in this story is only that sometimes they really detain an innocent person, but after they figure out the truth, the detainees are released.