A disabled person of group III claims to have been beaten up by the police officers


23 September 2015

Retired disabled of III group Vladimir Karabash from Nizhny Novgorod applied to the interregional nongovernmental organization «The Committee for Prevention of Torture» for legal assistance. He reported that on 16 September of this year he was beaten up by the police officers. Human rights defenders performed a check based on the man’s complaint, during which they sent a crime report to the Investigative Committee and provided the applicant with necessary medical examination.   

(Photo: Vladimir Karabash at the building of the police department for the Kanavinsky  district of Nizhny Novgorod)  

According to Vladimir Karabash, on 16 September of this year he was apprehended by two police officers and taken to the police department of the Kanavinsky  district of Nizhny Novgorod, where law-enforcement officers suggested that he was taken to hospital for medical examination since he was in a state of alcoholic intoxication.
«In the yard of police department No.2 I told the police officers that I am not going anywhere because I don’t think that the medical examination is necessary and I admit my fault. In response to my objection the police sergeant hit me in the left eye. I fell, after that the police officers started to kick me and I lost consciousness for a short while. I came to my senses when the police officers raised me up from the ground and brought into UAZ police vehicle which took me to psychiatric clinic No.2. After medical examination I was brought to the same police department where I was hold liable for being in the state of alcoholic intoxication in a public place», – explained Vladimir Karabash.

Lawyers of the Committee for Prevention of Torture immediately applied to municipal medical institutions as well as to the bureau of forensic medical examination to register bodily injuries received by Vladimir Karabash. 

According to the forensic medical examination report dated September 18, 2015 «V.S.Karabash has bruises in the hairy part of the head, on his face, upper and lower limbs, extravasations on the frontal region on the right, periocular area on the left, right knee-joint area, which are characteristics of blunt trauma, origin of bruises – blow, friction, extravasations – blow, compression, taking into account their morphological characteristics they could emerge over the period of 1-3 days».

According to the advisory opinion of the neurologist dated September 18, 2015 the following bodily damage of V.S.Karabash is diagnosed: «closed craniocerebral injury, resulted in cerebral concussion (based on anamnesis dated September 16, 2015). Concussions, bruises of soft tissues of the head, face, limbs».

«On 21 September of this year we submitted a crime report to the Investigative Department for the Kanavinsky District of Nizhny Novgorod of the Investigative Committee of RF for the Nizhny Novgorod region. In our application, among other things, we petitioned to perform a seizure of video records from the police department surveillance cameras. We are glad that on the same day the investigator of the Kanavinsky Investigative Department questioned Vladimir, and later on seizure of outdoor and indoor video surveillance records was conducted. As far as we know, in the nearest future the investigator plans on examining the scene of incident, – comments lawyer of the Committee for Prevention of Torture Sergey Romanov, representing the interests of Vladimir Karabash. – Such quick reaction of the Investigative Committee officials is quite optimistic and gives grounds to think that the circumstances of the incident will be thoroughly examined and given objective evaluation».

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