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First Trial of Sadist Police Officers in Ingushetia: Drawn-out Farce or Real Drama of Justice?

posted 18 Jun 2012, 16:11 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 18 Jun 2012, 16:12 ]
18 June 2012 

Memorial Human Rights Centre 

By Elena Burtina

In Russia people have finally started to speak out loudly about the use of torture in the justice system. However, there are, currently few legal proceedings against sadists in uniform. In the Northern Caucasus, where the majority of torture takes place, there are none. In Ingushetia, the first such trial is currently under way: on the defendants' bench in Karabulak city court sit the head of the local police department Nazir Guliev and his deputy, Ilez Nal'giev. These people are well-known in the republic, the local internet full of tales about their doings. N. Guliev's closeness to the family of the head of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Evkurov, assured them of their own impunity. In the end, even their subordinates revolted against them. Now, they have been accused of serious misconduct, and Nal'giev of the use of torture against the young Chechen Zelimkhan Chitigov. (Zelimkhan related his experiences in a shocking interview, published in the magazine “Russian Reporter”, No. 37, 2011: [Read more