Tatarstan Interior Ministry head sees scandal around police-torture-induced suicide as much ado about nothing
This way Artem Khokhorin commented on the suicide of 22-year-old Ilnaz Pirkin after questioning at the city Directorate of Internal Affairs.
The Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the Republic of Tatarstan, Artem Khokhorin, accused "pundits" of attempts to "inflate to the universal scale" the suicide of 22-year-old resident of Nizhnekamsk Ilnaz Pirkin after torture in the city police department. He stated this at a solemn meeting in honor of the Day of the Internal Affairs Officer, the publication ProKazan.ru reports.
Khokhorin believes for commentators the situation with Pirkin is an excuse "to transfer the accumulated bile to the multifaceted work of the entire Ministry of Internal Affairs." The Head of the MIA noted that it is necessary to "thoroughly study" the case of the deceased Nizhnekamsk citizen.
22-year-old Ilnaz Pirkin committed suicide on October, 19. On the eve he had been kept for about a day in the police department of Nizhnekamsk. He recorded a suicide video in which he stated that the police had tortured him, taken him to the forest and beaten, demanding confession in 47 automobile thefts. He indeed committed one theft, but subsequently settled the issue with the owner of the robbed car about damages.
The ICR MID of the republic initiated a criminal case on Exceeding Official Powers with the use of violence (item (a), part 3 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code). Its defendants were employees of the department for property crimes of the Nizhnekamsk Directorate of Internal Affairs Gadel' Rakhimov, Igor Filinov and Nail’ Mindubaev.
During the investigation it was established that the husband of the owner of the robbed car and his friend were also beaten in the same police department. They were demanded to confess that it was them who had beaten Pirkin and threatened him with reprisals.
The MIA of the Russian Federation sent a special committee to Tatarstan, which will give a legal assessment of the actions of the employees of the Internal Affairs Directorate for Nizhnekamsk.
Saburova believes that the Russian authorities violated articles 2 and 5 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, guaranteeing the right to life, as well as the right to freedom and personal inviolability.