“Far South” documentary on police torture will be shown in Moscow


21 March 2019

On 26 March 2019, “Far South” documentary will be shown in the Sakharov Center. The documentary tells a story of four citizens from Anapa, who were subjected to torture at the police department three years ago and still cannot achieve justice and punishment of the guilty.

Relatives of the victims, author of the documentary, Evgeny Chilikov and head of the Krasnodar branch of the Committee Against Torture Sergey Romanov will take part in the event. Anybody interested is invited.

Four citizens from Anapa Artem Ponomarchuk, Aram Arustamyan, Karen and Erik Engoyan accuse the criminal investigation officers of torturing them at the local police department in December 2015 forcing them to confess.  

The criminal case was initiated only on 23 November 2017 after eleven refusal rulings were passed. For the time of the investigation not a single suspect appeared in the case, and the investigators’ work have repeatedly declared to be inefficient both by the Prosecutor’s Office and superior authorities of the Investigative Committee.    

On 23 February 2019, the investigation of the criminal case was suspended, and on 1 March it was dismissed altogether. Lawyers with the Committee Against Torture will be appealing against this ruling of the investigator.   

“Far South” – is a story about a mutilated life of several families the members of which fell under suspicion of assaults. Tortures which the guys had to live through, had a painful impact on their families, too. The relatives were not subjected to physical violence, however, together with the victims they were drawn to complete despair and unbelief”, – member of the Committee Against Torture and author of the film, Evgeny Chilikov, comments.

To the attention of those who are interested in taking part in the event: the film will be shown at the Sakharov Center on 26 March 2019 at address: Moscow, Zemlyanoy Val St., 57, building 6. Start at 7 p.m.

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