«Tortured in Department»: as the relatives of the deceased railroad employees seized money from the interior Ministry

© Photo : from personal archivepanel Drozdov died in the Kazan Yudino police station after he did Swallow«Tortured in Department»: as the relatives of the deceased railroad employees seized money from the interior Ministry© Photo : from personal archive

The Kirov district court of Kazan has decided to collect from the Ministry of internal Affairs of Russia in favour of relatives of a local resident Pavel Drozdov, who died in the police Department, «Yudino» six years ago, ten thousand rubles, although asked for two million. The investigation found that before the death of a detainee subjected to torture. RIA Novosti has tried to understand the circumstances of the tragedy.

«Relaxing» beats

At the end of January 2012, the 46-year-old Drozdov was vacationing with friends in one of the Kazan cafes. The company was quite loud and aggressive. It’s not like some visitors, and they called the police. Arrived squad of drunken Drozdova sat in the car and drove to the nearest branch — Yudino. On suspicion of disorderly conduct.

«About eight in the evening they called me and said that Pasha is in police, tells RIA Novosti, the victim’s father Anatoly Drozdov. — I went to rescue him, but the office has not got — at the entrance was stopped by two officers. Their actions are explained by the order of the chief, who ordered not to let anyone inside.»

To take Paul’s tried and friends with whom he partied in a café. Duty staved them off, saying that the detainee will spend the night in the office. And at two a.m. in the apartment of his father rang at the door — at the door stood men in uniform, who offered to drive to the police Department.

«I walked in and immediately saw her son with his shirt open, lying on the floor. Already dead. Around all were busy, — Anatoly continues. — It was a terrible picture. Police tried to calm me down and even offered coffee, but to explain nothing steel. He said only that the Pasha died, and the body must be taken to the morgue.»

Only a few months later, human rights defenders found out that the death occurred after a «preventive» conversations that are held with Paul five employees of Department. Once in the holding cells for an administrative offence, it started to make noise.

«Beat on the bars and talking loudly, creating a disturbance for the police service, explains RIA Novosti lawyer of the organization «Area law» Igor Sholokhov. — To calm the detainee, they decided five. Worked well: one that’s got Paul to his feet, the second — on the back, and the third struck him in the ribs a few so-called relaxing strokes, fourth behind hands were handcuffed handcuffs, and a fifth tied feet rope, pulled them to the hands and fixed. The police are called «swallow».

A month after the verdict, former COP relatives Paul filed another lawsuit. This time they tried to recover moral damages in the amount of two million rubles with the Russian interior Ministry. The Kirov district court of Kazan, it seemed, sided Drozdov and ordered the Ministry to pay compensation. Only the sum of 200 times lower than claimed.

«Of course, it’s good that our claim, but I don’t understand why it was awarded to only ten thousand rubles, — says the lawyer of Shelekhov. — Perhaps this is due to the fact that the judge has not established a direct connection between the actions of the police and the death of Paul.»

Lawyers and relatives of the Drozdov in the near future we intend to appeal this decision to a higher court. «Why human life is valued at only ten thousand, when even the funeral cost at least 50 thousand, — outraged the father of the deceased. — A few days after the Flank of the death died my aunt, his mother had a stroke. She was never able to recover and a year later died».

© Photo : personal archivu Paul is survived by his wife and four children«Tortured in Department»: as the relatives of the deceased railroad employees seized money from the interior Ministry© Photo : from personal archivu Paul is survived by his wife and four children

Almost all of his life, Paul worked on the railroad in recent years has held the position of Deputy Director of the Kazan technical school of rail transport. Colleagues describe him as calm and responsible employee. Drozdov left a wife and four children.

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