Human rights defenders and torture victims tell Moscow journalists about police abuse and ineffective operation of investigative bodies


30 June 2009

    On 26 June, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Committee against Torture organized a press-conference devoted to the problem of proliferation of tortures in Russia.  The conference took place in the Independent Press Centre in Moscow.

During the press-conference head of the Interregional Committee against Torture Igor Kalyapin (on the left, photo) in great detail elaborated on the results of the NGO’s operation in the sphere of torture prevention, analyzed the reasons for tortures in Russia, mentioning that the tendency of non-investigating into torture complaints, unfortunately, quite characteristic of Russian investigators develops the feeling of impunity in law enforcement agents.

Besides, among the participants there were three victims of police abuse – Alexey Yakimov and Natalia Stryomina from Nizhny Novgorod region, and Vyacheslav Sadovsky from Orenburg. They spoke about the tortures they had been subjected to by the police.   

Photo: Igor Kalyapin, Vyacheslav Sadovsky, Alexey Yakimov and Natalia Stryomina at the press-conference in the IPC.  


Of the Interregional Committee against Torture

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