The Investigative Committee initiated a criminal case with regard to the violent death of Dmitry Kraskovskiy from Krasnodar at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility. In addition, lawyers with the Committee Against Torture, to whom the victim’s wife applied, started a public investigation.
On 16 July 2020, Anna Kraskovskaya applied to the Committee Against Torture for legal assistance. According to her, on 3 June, 2020 her husband Dmitry Kraskovskiy was apprehended by the police officers under suspicion of having committed a crime provided for in item “d” of Part 4 Article 228.1 of the Criminal Code of Russia (“illegal manufacture, sales or transmittal of narcotic substances on a large scale”). After the apprehension, the court took Dmitry into custody at Pre-Trial Detention Facility No.1 of Krasnodar. On 7 July 2020, at about 00.30, Kraskovskiy’s corpse was found in a cell of the Pre-Trial Detention Facility “with bodily injuries in the form of numerous contused wounds of the head, a closed craniocerebral injury”.
Investigator with the Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of the RF for the Central District of Krasnodar Sergey Kalashnikov told Anna that, according to the preliminary version, Dmitry was beaten up to death by his cell-mates: “He said that my husband was beaten by cell-mates who were beating him with a stick which they pulled out of the floor. Trying to cover the cause of death, they attempted to hang him, staging a suicide”.
On the same day, 7 July 2020, investigator Kalashnikov initiated a criminal case on the elements of crime provided for in Part 4 of Article 111 of the Criminal Code of the RF (“intended infliction of severe damage to health which by negligence caused the victim’s death”).
In addition, lawyers with the Committee Against Torture started their own public investigation.
“Dmitry Kraskovskiy was under supervision of the state representatives at the Pre-Trial Detention Center, that is why the Pre-Trial Detention Center officers were obliged to do everything in their power for providing his safety”, – lawyer with the Committee Against Torture, representing the interests of Anna Kraskovskaya, comments. – In the framework of our investigation we intend to collect the data which would allow us to establish whether the Pre-Trial Detention Center officers were involved in Dmitry’s death, and, if yes, then, to what extent”.