A meeting with police officers ended with a fracture of the arm for a man from Nizhny Novgorod

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30 September 2015

(Dmitry Raszhivin)

Dmitry Raszhivin himself told us about the circumstances of the incident. He applied to interregional nongovernmental association «The Committee Against Torture» for legal help. Human rights defenders started a check of the man’s complaint.  

According to the applicant Dmitry Raszhivin from Nizhny Novgorod region, in the evening of 25 September of this year he was drinking beer in a company of friends at his place. Having decided to call it a day the friends went out for a smoke in the yard.   

«GAZelle police vehicle stopped nearby, and several police officers went out and came to us. Without introducing themselves or specifying any requirements they started to seize us one after another. They twisted my left arm so hard that I felt pain in the area of the left joint, – Dmitry told us. – After that they lay me on the floor of the police vehicle, and one of the officers started to choke me so that I started to pass out, and noticing it, he let me free».

According to Raszhivin, after the Gorodetsky Police Department he was taken to the Central District Hospital for medical examination in order to check his condition of alcoholic intoxication, there he was diagnosed with a fracture of the left arm in the area of the elbow joint and it was put in plaster.  

After that the detainee was again taken to the local police department where a report on administrative violation was drawn up in relation to his being in the state of alcoholic intoxication in a public place. Because of the fractured arm Dmitry was not capable of signing a document, so his mother did it for him, leaving a comment that she did not agree to the report. As the victim emphasized, he was never given the copy of the report. 

In her turn, Raszhivin’s wife Anastasia told the human rights defenders that when she arrived at the hospital she saw bruises under her husband’s left brow and noticed that his arm was swollen. When she asked the police officers what had happened, they answered that Dmitry fell and damaged his arm.  

«However, after the fact of the fracture was established by the doctors, the police officers told me they applied physical force to him. They never explained why they used force, only mentioned that «such things happen…», – informed Anastasia  Raszhivina.

Lawyer of INGO «The Committee for Prevention of Torture» Sergey Romanov, conducting a check based on Dmitry Raszhivin’s complaint: «We already questioned four witnesses of the incident, also together with the applicant we applied to the Gorodetsky Interdistrict Department with a crime report on 29 September. Previously Dmitry and his relatives submitted complaints against the police officers actions to the Prosecutor’s Office, too. We are also planning to apply to the  internal security service of the Department of Interior of the Chief Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Nizhny Novgorod region on performing agency check in relation to the police officers who took part in the apprehension».