A citizen from the Nizhny Novgorod region claims that the police officers broke his rib


07 August 2017

Aleksey Shlyapugin from Pervoye Maya settlement of the Balakhninsky region applied to the Committee for the Prevention of Torture for legal assistance. He reported that on 26 June he was beaten up by the police officers during apprehension in his own garage. According to Aleksey, as a result of the battery he got his rib broken, as well as received a lot of bruises. Lawyers of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture started public investigation. 

(Aleksey Shlyapugin)

In his explanation to human rights defenders Aleksey reported that on 26 June about midday he came at his garage, where his fellow was, who was using this room for computer equipment repair.  According to Shlyapugin, he was about to unload his tools in the garage and to go out to run errands, however, at this moment four men in civilian clothes attacked him.  

– They brought him down on the floor in the garage shouting: “Lie down! Where are the drugs?” When they were bringing me down, one of the men hit and kicked me several times with hands against the body and my feet. There were no less than 20 blows, as I remember, and the battery lasted about two minutes,
 – Aleksey remembers. 

According to Aleksey, after the battery ended, the police officers demanded that he confessed of manufacturing and sales of drugs, searched the garage and the car belonging to Shlyapugin, after that they delivered him to the Balakhninsky Police Department.

According to Shlyapugin, at the police department the police officers demanded that he confessed of manufacturing and selling drugs, but he refused to do it. After that he was given some documents to sign, out of which Shlyapugin filled only the report on administrative violation, where he put down a comment that he did not agree to it. Aleksey felt bad due to pain in the area of ribs and asked the police officers to call the doctor; however, no-one reacted to his pleas. Then Shlyapugin was sent to a one-man cell, where he was kept till the morning. 

On the next day, the justice of the peace convicted Aleksey to five days of arrest for his refusal to undergo medical examination. As Aleksey points out, the police officers started to insist on medical examination at the very time when the search was being conducted in his car and garage. Feeling concern that if he went for examination, the search would be conducted without his participation, Shlyapugin refused to undergo it until the investigative activity is not complete, and asked to do it later. However, the court sided with the police officers, and the citizen of Pervoye Maya settlement was placed in the detention room in the Pravdinsk microdistrict.

After Aleksey left the detention room, he applied for medical assistance at the first-aid station of the Sormovsky District of Nizhny Novgorod. The doctors diagnosed him with the following bodily injuries: bruises, contusions on the body and thighs. Taking into account that the pain in the ribs area lingered, on 5 July Aleksey turned for medical assistance to the first-aid station of the Leninsky District of Nizhny Novgorod, where the doctors registered the fracture of the eighth rib from the left.
“On 6 July Aleksey submitted a crime report to the Balakhninsky Interdistrict Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Nizhny Novgorod region, where he described all the circumstances of what happened to him, – lawyer with the Committee for the Prevention of Torture Evgeny Chilikov, representing his interests, comments. – Now we are waiting for the investigator to come up with a ruling, and we also started our own public investigation”.

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