The man who complained of the police battery is about to be deported from Russia


31 May 2018

The court in the Moscow region passed a judgment to deport Fakhriddin Tagoymurodov from Tadjikistan who complained about police battery. Lawyers with the Committee Against Torture, representing the interests of Fakhriddin, intend to appeal against this court ruling as passed with numerous violations of the law. 

(Fakhriddin Tagoymurodov)

As we have previously reported, Fakhriddin Tagoymurodov applied for legal assistance to the Committee Against Torture. He informed that on 23 April of this year he was apprehended by police officers who illegally applied violence against him three times.  

In his application to human rights defenders, Fakhriddin Tagoymurodov reported that on 23 April 2018 he was walking down the street in Dzerzhinsky town, planning to go to Moscow. A police service vehicle stopped near him. Law-enforcement officers went out of the car and demanded that he went with them.

“You go with us!”, – that’s what the police officers answered to all Fakhriddin’s questions on whether they had any issues with him.

According to Tagoymurodov, intending to record the actions of the police he took out the mobile phone and wanted to start recording, but one of the law-enforcement officers seized the phone from his hand and slapped him in the face. After that Tagoymurodov was taken to the Dzerzhinsky police department of the Ministry of the Interior of Russia “Lyuberetskoye”.

According to the applicant, at the police department the same police officer hit him in the solar plexus.

“Despite the fact that I was in pain, the police officers refused to call doctors to me, told me stop “moaning like a woman”, they also made some insulting remarks of racial discrimination nature, – Tagoymurodov recalls. – After I managed to call the ambulance on my own, and when it was on the way, the police officers beat me up once again. This time they used both hands and feet”.

The ambulance medics delivered Fakhriddin to the first aid station. After the examination he was diagnosed with a chest contusion.

“On the next day the detainee was released from police, – lawyer with the Committee Against Torture Petr Khromov comments. – What is most interesting was that I was released without any claims whatsoever or any documents on detention having been drawn up. At least, Fakhriddin did not see a single document and never put his signature anywhere”.

On 11 May 2018 lawyers with the Committee Against Torture applied with a crime report to the investigative department for Lyubertsy of the Chief Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Moscow region. At the present time a pre-investigative check is being performed there.

The officers of police department of the Ministry of the Interior of Russia “Lyuberetskoye” were more active than the Investigative Department officers.

On 27 May they submitted a material with regard to Tagoymurodov having committed administrative offence to the Luberetsky City Court. According to the version of the police officers, on 23 April Fakhriddin “loudly used strong language in the street and hassled the pedestrians, thus violating the civic order and openly expressing disrespect to the society”. Allegedly, with regard to this he was apprehended.  

It is strange that it took the police officers over a month to identify this fact and submit the materials to court. In addition, the police officers suspected that Fakhriddin violated the migration legislation. 

The Lyuberetsky City Court was quite prompt and as early as in the morning of 28 May examined two cases about administrative offences and imposed Tagoymurodov with an administrative penalty and administrative deportation outside the borders of the Russian Federation.    

“Examining the administrative materials in court was performed with numerous violations of law. For example, Tagoymurodov was not provided with an opportunity to use the assistance of the defense lawyer, although he asked about it and named persons who could defend him during the trial, – lawyer with the Committee Against Torture Petr Khromov emphasizes. – The consulate of the Republic of Tadjikistan was not notified about his apprehension. Two different cases on administrative offenses were examined by the judge during one court hearing which is confirmed by the protocols which are absolutely identical time-wise. We shall describe all these violations in detail in the appellate appeal which we will submit to the Moscow Regional Court”.

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