CASE #437
01 / 11 / 2020
  • Militsiya of the Republic of Belarus (regular police of Belarus)
  • Undefined
Type of violation
  • Arbitrary or unlawful arrest and/or detention
  • Beating
  • Blows with batons and/or truncheons
  • Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
  • Damage to property
  • Denial of legal rights of arrested persons
  • Sexual threats
  • Threats (not including death threats)
  • Torture
  • Torture (psychological)
  • Unlawful confiscation of property
  • 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
  • Right to protection of property

Time: daytime/nighttime

Place/Location: UVD Administracii Sovetskogo Raiona Minskaat 3 Yakuba Kolasa str

Identity of the victim(s): Andrey, a junior research assistant at The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

Identity of the perpetrator(s): unidentified males in a grey minivan; officers and staff of Sovetskij RUBD

Along with the picture, an article of TUT.BY explained what happened to the victim Andrey Y. The victim worked as a jr. research assistant in one of the divisions of the Academy of Sciences. On 1 November 1 2020, he was on the way home on the Logoisk tract. He was quite far from the place of the action when allegedly riot policemen grabbed him and pushed him into a minivan. They searched the victim's backpack, where they found a laser pointer and binoculars, other work stationery items, which he carried to observe birds. Although the victim explained that the equipment was used for professional purposes, this finding was later used for a slander campaign on the state television and pro-government Telegram channels.

The policemen demanded the victim to unlock the phone. Once he refused, they started beating him. They beat him with their hands and feet, threatened to kill him, hang him up, drown him. They also threatened to stick a truncheon up his ass and cut his pants. After that, they broke the phone. Then, he was taken to the Sovietskij precinct (police department) and placed in a basement with other detainees. They took an inventory of his things. Although the report did not list binoculars, pointers, or keys, he received most of his things back.

Then they took him out to the yard. He was already not feeling well in that basement, leaned to the wall and, at one point, started losing consciousness. A detainee, who happened to be a doctor determined that he had a concussion. The police called an ambulance that took the victim to the city's 5th Clinical Hospital, where he stayed for five days.

The victim showed TUT.BY copies of the results of his medical examination with the diagnosis "mild traumatic brain injury, concussion, fracture of the anterior and upper walls of the left VRS (maxillary sinus), bruise, soft tissue hematoma of the left buttock and thigh". In a photo taken during his first days in the hospital, he had a huge hematoma almost all over his thigh, as well as the bruising around his eyes that was characteristic of a concussion.

The press asked him if he had been contacted by the Investigative Committee. Andrei answered in the negative. During his five days in the hospital, the Investigative Committee was supposed to come to him because he was detained and taken to the hospital by the police.

Andrey talked about the document that came to his boss. The letter signed by the chief of the Minsk city executive committee Mihail Hryb said that "on 1 November 2020, two reports on administrative offences under Articles 23.34 and 23.4 of the Code of Administrative Offences for participation in an unsanctioned mass event were drawn up against Andrey. In this regard, we suggest that you, within your competence, conduct an explanatory conversation with him about the inadmissibility of such actions in the future and the need to comply with applicable law." The interlocutor added that he was pleasantly surprised by the support of his colleagues and friends. Also, while he was in the hospital, other academy employees were worried that he could be fired. But no official papers about the employee's dismissal were received.

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