The Committee Against Torture conducts an inquiry of a man's death after the examination fight in Special Police Force


23 December 2014

On 15 December 2014 Anatoly and Rimma Yadykov from Yoshkar-Ola applied to Mary El representative office of the INGO «The Committee Against Torture» for legal assistance. Their son Maksim died in hospital on 10 October 2014 without regaining consciousness after the examination fight in the republican Special Police Force. 

(Maksim Yadykov, source of photo:

According to the Yadykov family in September of this year Maksim decided to join the Mary El Department of Interior Special Police Force. Having passed the medical examining board with conclusion «fit for service in Special Police Force», on 9 October he arrived at the police unit to pass an exam for physical training. On the same day at around 4 p.m. the young man’s parents received a call from an unknown number and someone informed them that Maksim felt bad during the exam, the ambulance was called, but «it’s nothing at all serious».
However in a while the Yadykov family received another call and this time they were informed that their son was in Yoshkar-Ola City Hospital in the state of coma. The young man’s parents who came to the medical institution were straight away informed that the case was very challenging and the surgery was ongoing.    

After some time three men approached Anatoly and Rimma in the street near the hospital, one of them introduced himself as a head of the Mary El Special Police Force battalion. He told them that Maksim participated in a sparring with soldiers of his unit during passing of the exam for physical training.    

On the next day at about 9 in the evening Maksim’s parents learned that their son died in hospital without regaining consciousness. Later on the forensic medical examination established that the young man’s death resulted from «a severe cerebral contusion with the brain compression with a left-side subdural hemorrhage, which developed due to a closed craniocerebral injury». According to the expert’s opinion, these injuries resulted from «a quadruple impact of a blunt object».
«We initiated our own inquiry based on the statement of the Yadykov family. It may sound paradoxical, but this tragic case still has to be investigated and it remains to be established whether human rights violation indeed took place. Did the state provide all the necessary precautions and safety measures during the sparring in order to minimize all the possible risks and prevent the death of a candidate? In any case the Investigative Committee has already performed an inquiry based on the fact of Maksim’s death as provided for in Clauses 144-145 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, and we intend to study its results in the nearest term», comments the head of the Mary El representative office of INGO «The Committee Against Torture» Dmitry Yalikov.  

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