80 000 rubles – the first payment of the Russian Finance Ministry for the crimes committed by the police during the special operation in Blagoveschensk, Bashkiria.


14 September 2010

 The RF Finance Ministry has transferred the amount of 80000 rubles to the account of Sergey Antipin who suffered from police abuse in December 2004.

You may remember that on 11 December 2004 Sergey Antipin, disabled of 2nd degree, was beaten up by district investigator Khamatdinov and criminal investigator Guilvanov in his own flat.

   The policemen, among them there were also SPF officers, did not introduce themselves and did not explain the reason for their visit. Khamatdinov and Guilvanov beat the man up, made him get dressed and go to the Blagoveschensk City Department of Internal Affairs where the battery continued.

    On 17 June 2008 the Blagoveschensk district court of Bashkiria found V.A. Khamatdinov and A.N. Guilvanov guilty of unlawful entry into Sergey Antipin’s flat and police abuse. The policemen were convicted under cl. «а» p. 3 art. 286 of the RF Criminal Code («abuse of office with violent treatment»).

   Convict Guilvanov was found guilty of six crimes and sentenced to 4 years of imprisonment in a standard security penal colony. Convict Khamatdinov guilty of 2 crimes was sentenced to 3 years and 2 months conditionally.

On 14 December 2009 the Leninsky district court of Bashkiria awarded Sergey Antipin 80 000 rubles as compensation of moral damage incurred by officer Guilvanov’s actions. 

The sum received by Mr. Antipin is the first payment made under the police raid case. For many years specialists of the Interregional Committee Against Torture has been investigating into the human rights violations committed during that special operation, representing the victims in court and preparing civil suits.  

We expect payment of compensation awards to the younger brother – Dmitry Antipin – and other citizens of the Blagoveschensk district of Bashkiria whose claims have been partly sustained. However, the Finance Ministry is appealing against the judgments in order to decrease the compensation amount as much as possible.

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