Domestic partners claim to have been beaten by the police in Nizhny Novgorod


20 February 2014

Nizhny Novgorod Office of the Interregional NGO «Committee Against Torture» has received an application from Mr Dmitry Kamzolov and his partner Ms Lyubov Abramova. According to them, on 10 February, in their own flat, they were severely beaten by private security guards. Following the application lawyers with the Committee Against Torture have started a public investigation.

(Reported by «Seti NN» TV Channel: Lyubov Abramova, Dmitry Kamzolov and the security guards who allegedly attacked them).

According to Lyubov Abramova, before the attack she had had a conflict with a woman who had parked her car on the lawn so that people could hardly walk by. The women had a fight, and Lyubov’s partner Mr Kamzolov stopped it. Then the driver threatened the couple with some problems, saying that her husband was a cop.

Lyubov and Dmitry state that at about 8 pm someone rang at their door. Lyubov opened it, and two police officers entered their flat. They neither introduced themselves nor explained the reason for the visit. They started shouting «were is your man!» Dmitry heard the noise and as well appeared before the door. Mr Kamzolov remembers an immediate blow in the face, so he had no time to say or understand anything, nor could he resist their actions. Then the policemen were beating them with hands and rubber truncheons, and handcuffed them in the end. «They explained nothing», says Ms Abramova, «they were beating us silently, with smiles on their faces». After that Dmitry was brought to Police Department № 8. The same day he was examined by a doctor in a local trauma center, who observed numerous bruises and abrasions. Ms Lyubov Abramova was as well examined and obtained a medical report.

It appears that the police drew up a record according to which Dmitry had been apprehended in the street for using foul language in a public place. He spent two days in a cell for administrative detainees, and was sentenced by court to a RUB 1 000 fine.

Lawyer with the NGO «Committee Against Torture» Sergey Shunin comments of the situation: «We have started a public investigation into the applicants’ complaints. We are questioning witnesses now and preparing a crime complaint to be lodged with the Investigative Committee».

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