The Investigative Committee of the RF for the Orenburg region checked the application submitted by Gennadiy Shvetsov who complained of a battery and rape threats at the police department. Based on the results of the check, a criminal case was opened against three criminal investigations officers under paragraph “a” of part 3 of Article of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“abuse of office using violence”).
As we have previously reported, on 5 October 2021, a 18-years old Gennadiy Shvetsov from Orenburg applied to the Orenburg branch of the Committee Against Torture and informed that on the previous day three operative officers beat him up at Police Department No.2 of the Orenburgskoye branch of the Ministry of the Interior (ulitsa Poligonnaya, 1/1), demanding that he confessed of a crime that he did not commit. According to Gennadiy, since he refused to provide false evidence against himself, the police officers threatened him with rape: “the officer told me to undress. I refused. He said he would be making a prison bitch out of me, that he would spin a bottle with me”.
By the evening of 4 October, the young man was released after his uncle and a lawyer arrived to the police department. The police officers politely followed Gennadiy to the exit, saying that “a mistake occurred”. The forensic medical examination registered the young man with numerous bruises and extravasations.
The lawyers with the Committee Against Torture applied with a crime report to the Investigative Committee and to the Internal Security Department of the regional Department of the Interior on behalf of Gennadiy Shvetsov. The applicant’s father, Vitaliy Shvetsov, recorded a video, telling what happened to his son. This video caused a significant public outcry.
“His back was all in bruises, his head is badly beaten. They started to pull off his pants, saying “we are going to bugger you now”. Buggering my son, is that what you were going to do?” – Vitaly is telling in the video.
Today, the Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of the RF for the Orenburg region reported on apprehension of the three police officers who are suspected in committing this crime. A criminal case was opened under paragraph “a” of part 3 of Article of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“abuse of office using violence”). From the Investigative Committee’s statement, it follows that the police officers were acting voluntarily, based on personal motivation to improve the crime detection rate of the department”.The investigative authorities also plan to request to bring the suspects under custody.
“The story of Gennadiy Shvetsov is a bright illustration of the degree of lawlessness, widely applied to “improve the crime detection rate”. We are completely satisfied with the responsibility and effectiveness with which the investigative authorities are working with Gennadiy’s case. It is partially determined by a wide public response. We can only guess how many such cases are swept under the carpet, — Head of the Orenburg branch of the Committee Against Torture Sergey Babinets comments. – We think that this story also serves as a good example of consolidation of the civil society, mass media and law-enforcement, focusing on punishment of the guilty and on preventing a re-occurrence of such a crime. We express hope that this tendency will be preserved”.