Yesterday we learnt about another attempt to instigate criminal proceedings against CAT Chairman Igor Kalyapin in connection with disclosure of secrets of the investigation. The information comes from Igor Kalyapin himself who is now in Grozny working in the Joint Mobile Group of Russian human rights NGOs. He has called the CAT press-service saying that on Saturday, July 7, he was questioned by an investigator of the Special Investigation Department under the Main Investigative Administration of the Russian Investigative Committee for the Southern federal territory. The criminal proceedings were initiated by the Federal Security Service Directorate of Nizhny Novgorod region; earlier there had been two attempts to instigate criminal proceedings against the human rights defender undertaken by Chechen law enforcement agencies allegedly responsible for grave crimes and their concealment.
(Photo: Pavel Guryanov is satisfied with the judgment)
On April 28, 2012 judge Olga Podgornova from the Moskovsky district court of Nizhny Novgorod has pronounced the verdict for former operative investigator, police major Sergey Kuzmenkov charged with abuse of office with violent treatment and use of special devices.
Between April 23-25 in Nizhny Novgorod there was an international training on the Istanbul Protocol as a tool for investigating torture cases organized by the Committee Against Torture. We had the honour to welcome leading specialists in forensic medicine, practicing lawyers from Orenburg, Bashkiria, Mariy El, Chechnya in our city. Our trainers were international specialists from Turkey, Switzerland and Russia.
On April 25, 2012 the Orenburg regional court heard the cassation appeal of INGO “Committee Against Torture” against the district court judgment under Lyubov Molodtsova’s claim and held that the Russian Finance Ministry should pay the applicant 160 000 rubles as compensation of moral damage incurred to her by her brother Vasily Lyamov’s death.
We welcome the Russian Investigative Committee’s decision to create a specialized department to investigate into crimes committed by law enforcers. We are satisfied with the fact that our proposal submitted to Investigative Committee Head A.I. Bastrykin less than a month ago has not only been considered, but is also being implemented within such a short term.