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Kabardino-Balkaria: Resident of Baksansky District was Twice Illegally Detained

posted 2 Apr 2012, 14:05 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 2 Apr 2012, 14:07 ]
2 April 2012

Memorial Human Rights Society

On March 27, 2012, Khadis Kodzokov, a resident of Dugulubgey village of the Baksansky District in the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, appealed to the Human Rights Centre “Memorial” with a written statement. He claimed that on March 24, around 10 pm, he saw people in camouflage and
masks in the yard of his house. They broke into his home and took him to the yard. He managed to ask his parents to inform the lawyer Elena Bayramkulova about his detention. Masked people put him in a silver car (a VAZ-2114) and drove him to a police department of Baksansky district.
Khadis was then taken to a room and afterwards joined by police officers. One of them began shouting and punching him in the face. He was thrown on the ground and asked if he knew anyone hiding from the police or having something to do with illegal armed groups and if he had ever helped those people. Getting negative answers a policeman started beating him with the shoulder stock of his rifle. Security officers threatened Khadis that, if he would not give useful information, he would “find himself in the Baksan river with a grenade in the pocket”. Then they put him on a chair and asked him how he knew the lawyer Elena Bayramkulova and why he chose her for defending his interests. Khadis answered that he did not choose Elena expressly and that she was the only free lawyer in the office. [Read more]