The Prosecutor's Office declared the refusal to initiate criminal proceedings based on the fact of death of a young man after the examination fight in the Special Police Force to be illegal (VIDEO 18+)


29 April 2015

The Prosecutor’s Office of Yoshkar-Ola city quashed the refusal of the Investigative Committee to initiate criminal proceedings based on the fact of death of Maksim Yadykov after the examination fight in the republican Special Police Force. The ruling has been declared illegal and additional check on it is going on at the present time. This became possible due to a complaint of the head of the Committee Against Torture’s office in the Republic of Mary El Dmitry Yalikov who represents the interests of the deceased guy’s family. 

(Maksim Yadykov, source of photo:

As we have previously reported, on 15 December 2014 Anatoly Yadykov and Rimma Yadykova applied to human rights defenders for legal assistance. According to the couple in September last 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 the 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».

On 11 October 2014 the Yadykov family applied to the Investigative Department of Yoshkar-Ola Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee for the Republic of Mary El. During half a year the Investigative Department conducted checks based on the results of which it issued three illegal refusals to initiate criminal proceedings. First two refusals were quashed at the initiative of the investigative authority’s management, but the third one had to be appealed against by the human rights defenders in the regional Prosecutor’s Office. 

As a result of examination of the complaint filed by the lawyers of the Committee Against Torture the Prosecutor’s Office declared the refusal to initiate criminal proceedings to be illegal, having sent the case materials for additional check.

Head of the Mary El representative office of INGO «The Committee Against Torture» Dmitry Yalikov: «The investigative authority has been conducting the check for a half a year already, however, apart from three refusals to initiate criminal proceedings there are no other results in sight. Up to now no legal assessment of the examination fight in question and of the actions of the Special Police Force management responsible for it has been conducted: it is unclear whether a doctor was present, why the fight was not stopped earlier, why no conclusions were made on incompliance of the candidate before ensuing of grave consequences. To these and other questions the investigative authorities have not provided any substantiated response as yet, and we are committed to strive for them in the framework of conducting efficient investigation. Pitifully, we have to note that up to now the republican Ministry of the Interior has not even offered an apology to Anatoly Yadykov and Rimma Yadykova».

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