Orenburg resident Sergey Ivanov has lost his lien following ill-treatment by the police


20 March 2012

Such consequences have been reported by the victim himself who applied to the Orenburg office of the Committee Against Torture alleging ill-treatment by the police on March 14, 2012.

According to Sergey Ivanov, he was going home when a Gazel-type police car stopped beside him. A police officer came out of the car and asked Sergey to produce his documents.  Sergey did not have identification documents on him and suggested that they should accompany him home so that he could fetch his passport. The police agreed to do so, but as soon as Sergey got inside the car, one of the officers named Oleg started beating him. After several blows in the head and body Sergey lost consciousness and came to himself only in police department no.3.

Sergey explained that he had not been abused in the police department, but had been placed in a cell and spent several hours there. During that period he was complaining about severe pain in the abdominal region, and finally an ambulance was called in and took him to hospital. There he had an urgent surgery and his lien was removed.  

Victim’s wife Elena has complained about her husband’s abuse by the police to the Orenburg Investigative Department of the Investigative Administration of the Investigative Committee for Orenburg region which is now conducting a check.

Sergey claims that unknown people visit him in hospital several times a day and offer him money in exchange for his statement that he was beaten by unknown individuals and not police officers. 

At present the Committee Against Torture is conducting a preliminary check of Sergey Ivanov’s allegations, therefore, it is too early to draw conclusions. However, if the Committee Against Tortures establishes that the applicant’s rights have been violated, it will insist on instigation of criminal proceedings and prosecution of perpetrators.

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