More than 30 people detained at anti-war rallies reported being beaten in police departments, the Apology project reports.
On March 6, anti-war actions were held in Russia against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The protesters were severely detained by security forces. By data OVD-Info is aware of at least 4,957 detainees in 65 Russian cities.
26-year-old Muscovite Alexandra Kaluzhskikh was detained at a protest in Moscow and brought to the Brateevo police department, where she was beaten by police. Young woman provided Sota published an audio recording of the sounds of blows, as well as threats and insults from law enforcement officers.
“They beat me on my legs, on my head. They poured water over them. They tore off the mask, tore the phone out of my hands, threw it at the wall, twice. At the end they picked it up, wiped the prints. They grabbed my hair, led me in different directions. They called me names. There were two girls in the office, they just watched the torture,” Kaluzhskikh said. On the recording made by her, one of the employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is heard threatening the girl with electric shock torture.
“New Newspaper” publishes full transcript of this interrogation.
Dmitry Muratov, member of the Public Council of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, demanded that Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev immediately check these reports and give a procedural assessment of the actions of his subordinates.
Anti-war actions were held on March 6 in 65 cities: in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Tyumen, Perm, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Saratov, Ufa, Chelyabinsk, Krasnodar, Kazan, Omsk, Voronezh, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don , Tomsk, Samara, Khabarovsk, Ryazan, Yaroslavl, Ulan-Ude, Vladimir, Kemerovo, Miass, Lipetsk, Volgograd, Kirov, Kaliningrad, Ivanovo, Barnaul, Ulyanovsk, Belgorod, Tver, Taganrog, Naberezhnye Chelny, Petrozavodsk, Yakutsk, Saransk, Novokuznetsk, Arkhangelsk, Cheboksary, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Novocherkassk.
Human rights activists point out that this is more than at last year’s action on January 23 in support of Alexei Navalny. The total number of detainees at anti-war actions since February 24 exceeded 13 thousand people