After eight months a criminal case into death of a young man after the examination fight in the Special Police Force has been initiated


24 June 2015

On 22 June 2015 investigator of the Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Republic of Mary El Mr.Khoroshavin pronounced a ruling on initiating a criminal case into death of Maksim  Yadykov after the examination fight in the regional Special Policed Force. The criminal case is initiated under p.1 of Article 109 of the Russian Criminal Code (infliction of death by negligence). 

(Maksim Yadykov, source of photo:

As we have previously reported, on 15 December 2014 Anatoly Yadykov and Rimma Yadykova applied to human rights defenders for legal assistance. According to the couple in September last year Maksim decided to join the Mary El Department of Interior Special Police Force. Having passed the medical examining board with conclusion «fit for service in Special Police Force», on 9 October he arrived at the police unit to pass an exam for physical training.  On the same day at around 4 p.m. the young man’s parents received a call from an unknown number and someone informed them that Maksim felt bad during the exam, the ambulance was called, but «it’s nothing at all serious». However in a while the Yadykov family received another call and this time they were informed that their son was in Yoshkar-Ola City Hospital in the state of coma. The young man’s parents who came to the medical institution were straight away informed that the case was very challenging and the surgery was ongoing.

On the next day at about 9 in the evening Maksim’s parents learned that their son died in hospital without regaining consciousness. Later on the forensic medical examination established that the young man’s death resulted from «a severe cerebral contusion with the brain compression with a left-side subdural hemorrhage, which developed due to a closed craniocerebral injury». According to the expert’s opinion, these injuries resulted from «a quadruple impact of a blunt object».

On 11 October 2014 the Yadykov family applied to the Investigative Department of Yoshkar-Ola Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee for the Republic of Mary El. During eight months the Investigative Department conducted checks based on the results of which it issued four illegal refusals to initiate criminal proceedings.

Prior to initiating criminal proceedings based on the complaint of the lawyers of the Committee Against Torture violations   on the part of investigator Khoroshavin, who conducted the check, were established, as well on the part of Deputy Head of the Investigative Department. For that reason the Yoshkar-Ola Prosecutor’s Office submitted a request to the head of the investigative authority demanding to eliminate breaches and stated the necessity to hold responsible the officials in charge.      

«So far it is too early to give any forecasts for the case. The criminal case initiated in relation to unidentified person under crime component «infliction of death by negligence». At the present moment the investigator’s arguments based on which he detected these elements of crime in the actions of unidentified person are unclear. We are definitely going to file motions on conducting specific investigative actions in the framework of the criminal case, as well as on legal assessment of actions of the Special Police Force management who is responsible for the examination. In addition, investigative authority has to establish the official who would be in charge of security and arrangement of qualified medical assistance during the examination fight and provide a legal assessment to its actions», – comments head of the Committee Against Torture office in the Mary El Republic Dmitry Yalikov, representing the interests of the Yadykov familiy.  

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