CASE #410
12 / 08 / 2020
  • Detention Centre Personnel
  • Special Purpose Police Unit OMON
Type of violation
  • Arbitrary or unlawful arrest and/or detention
  • Beating
  • Blows with batons and/or truncheons
  • Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
  • Denial of appropriate conditions of detention
  • Deprivation of food and/or water
  • Deprivation of sleep
  • Physical assaults (other)
  • Slapping, kicking or punching
  • Torture
  • Torture (psychological)
  • Use of excessive force
  • Verbal abuse
International classification of violations
  • Prohibition of torture (standalone)
  • Prohibition of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
  • Right to liberty and security of person
  • Right to Life
  • Violation of rights of detained or imprisoned persons

Time: daytime

Place/Location: Near 39 Pushkinskaya str.; Akhrestina detention center

Identity of the victim(s): Alyaksey Yelifirenka, 23 years old

Identity of the perpetrator(s): Special Purpose Police Unit OMON, one of whom was a woman with blond hair; the staff of the Akrestina detention centre.

The victim was forced into a paddy wagon. An officer forced him to the ground and stepped on him. While in the paddy wagon, officers verbally abused the victim, ripped his pants, wrote the location of his detention and a number on his leg and his hoodie, painted his face. Officers did the same to all detainees, they could rip their underwear, write a number on somebody's head. Officers repeatedly beat the victim and others in the truck, referred to them by numbers and humiliated them. 

At the detention centre, they were placed in a 4x7 cell with about 30 detainees already in it, some of whom had been in the cell for three days. The detainees were provided with no food, water was given in a bucket - one for all. The victim heard people screaming somewhere out as well as dogs barking. The victim had severe injuries to his leg and was hospitalized along with another detainee who had severe injuries to his leg. The victim saw a woman practising hitting technique on detainees - she hit their testicles.

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