Photo: Vladimir Plakhti
After four dismissals of claims to open a criminal case, the CAT lawyers submitted an application addressed to the ombudsperson, where they pointed out the red tape and illegal rulings regarding Vladimir Plakhtiy application. The application was forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office.
On 31 January 2021, 18-year old resident of Krasnodar applied to the Committee Against Torture. He reported that during a protest rally he was seized by people in civilian clothes who brought him on the ground and started to twist his arms, attempted to use force to lift him, pressed his face with a knee and then took him to the police van.
Later on, the doctors diagnosed Vladimir Plakhtiy with a contusion of soft tissues, distortion of cervical vertebrae, numerous bruises and right-side posttraumatic arthritis of temporo-mandibular joint. According to the forensic medical examination, minor health damage was inflicted to Vladimir Plakhtiy.
In the course of the public investigation lawyers with the Committee Against Torture received a confirmation from the Ministry of the Interior that the people who were apprehending Vladimir Plakhtiy were police officers. In addition, the journalists handed over the video record that shows one of the officers several times pressing his knee against Plakhtiy’s neck, jaw and nose while the latter was lying on the ground.
For one and a half years, lawyers with the CAT received four dismissals of claims to open a criminal case and submitted an application to ombudsperson Tatyana Moskalkova. The application was forwarded to the territorial Prosecutor’s Office which responded saying that on 14 June the dismissal of a claim to open a criminal case was quashed. In addition, a request was passed to rectify the committed violations, addressed to the executive. At the moment, an additional check is ongoing based on Vladimir Plakhtiy’s application.