The “interrogation” by the Avtozavod police resulted in a removed kidney for a nineteen year old Nizhny Novgorod citizen

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23 апреля 2009

  Stanislav Lebedev from Nizhny Novgorod applied to the Committee against Torture after he was battered in the Avtozavodsky district Directorate of the Interior in Nizhny Novgorod.  This happened at night on 8 March 2009. According to Stanislav, he was battered by officers of the second police department of the Avtozavodsky district Directorate of the Interior for no reason. The young man was taken to hospital no.40 only the following day, after he was made to write an acknowledgment of guilt.  Before the surgery, hospital doctors documented the following injuries: blunt abdominal trauma, retroperitoneal hematoma, kidney rupture. Doctors had to remove the left kidney completely. Mr. Lebedev stayed in hospital till 26 March 2009.

Photo: Stanislav Lebedev

     When Stanislav applied to the Committee against Torture, his application was checked, Committee investigators questioned eye-witnesses and obtained medical documents. The check fully confirmed the applicant’s allegations. After that the Committee filed a torture report to the Avtozavodsky district Prosecutor’s Office of Nizhny Novgorod. Only thereafter the Investigation Committee under the Avtozavodsky district Prosecutor’s Office opened a criminal case under art. 111 and 286 of the RF CC (intentional grave physical trespass and abuse of office). Before that the investigation authorities had failed to instigate criminal proceedings for a month and a half.  At present specialists of the Committee against Torture are providing Stanislav the necessary support.