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Monday, June 20, 2005


Police accused of rights abuses in S. Russia

From MosNews:

A human rights ombudsman has accused police in a southern Russian region of abusing civilians, saying armed officers rounded up dozens of young men and boys in a raid and held them for hours in inhuman conditions, The Associated Press reported.

The claim came amid heightened concern over the actions of law enforcement officers across Russia following a police operation late last year in the Ural Mountains city of Blagoveshchensk, in which hundreds of residents were beaten.

Stavropol region human rights representative Alexei Selyukov filed a complaint with the regional prosecutor’s office over a raid on the night of June 11 in the village of Ivanovskoye, an official in the regional government’s youth policy department said Sunday.

Camouflage-clad police armed with automatic rifles and truncheons forced more than 30 people into a bus, without saying they were suspected of any crime, and took them to a district precinct house where they were treated roughly and prohibited from contacting anyone, Selyukov said in the letter.

Police used physical force against detainees who failed to follow their orders to stand facing a wall with their hands up and remain silent, and also illegally took photographs and fingerprints, according to the letter. It said the special police who conducted the raid had arrived in Ivanovskoye by bus from the regional capital, Stavropol.

They rounded up more than 30 people, many of them students and some of them minors, outside the village’s House of Culture, where a Saturday night dance was being held, the complaint said.

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