The Prikubansky Court of Krasnodar started verbal proceedings in the case of two police officers — Vyacheslav Zyabkin and Vladimir Tatarkov, who are accused of abuse of office (Article 286 of the Criminal Code). According to the investigative authorities, they broke the leg of local resident Yevgeny Manchenko after he was apprehended during an attempt to climb over the fence of his household. The Prosecutor’s Office requested that Zyabkin is sentenced to three years of penal colony, and Tatarkov – to four years. In addition, the State Prosecutor requested that they are banned from taking public positions for three years.
Yevgeny Marchenko applied to the Committee Against Torture in March 2019. He told human rights defenders that some time previously he was getting back home late at night and found out that he did not have the keys on him, so Yevgeny started to climb over the fence. In the process, police officers ran up to Manchenko and started to pull him off the fence and hit his legs with truncheon. When Yevgeny fell on the ground, the police officers continued to beat him up, he recalls.
All this time he was calling his parents for help, and, when they ran out, the police officers had already pulling him in the police car, having fastened his hands with handcuffs. According to Evgeny’s mother, Snezhana Manchenko, her son was screaming with pain and the police officers did not let her near him and insisted on going to the police department for inquiry.
Only after some time she managed to persuade them to remove the handcuffs from Yevgeny. Then his relatives called for an ambulance and he was hospitalized.
The doctor diagnosed him with a closed fracture.
Soon after that, Snezhana applied to the Investigative Committee with a crime report, and a criminal case against the police officers was opened. Yevgeny was declared a victim and lawyers with the Committee Against Torture and his mother are acknowledged as his representatives.
— In general, the injured party is satisfied with the Prosecutor’s stance, — lawyer with the Committee Against Torture Roman Veretennikov comments. — it is pleasant to note that in this case the Prosecutor’s Office protects the victim’s rights against the abuse of authority.