In 1998, the Prosecutor’s Office of the Nizhny Novgorod region responded to human rights defenders’ application concerning the police torture, with the letter, in which, among other things, it is stated: «no „facts“ of applying „torture“ are revealed on the territory of the region».
In essence, this document provided the basis for creation of the Nizhny Novgorod Committee Against Torture in 2000. Since that time, the Nizhny Novgorod Prosecutor’s Office stopped using the word «torture» with quotation marks, and the notion itself became an established fact. Without quotations, either.
In the course of time, the Committee Against Torture started to work in other regions of Russia, too, using its own procedure and method of public investigations. By 2018, thanks to the organization’s lawyers, 138 law-enforcement officers were convicted for the same «fact of applying torture», the existence of which was denied by the Nizhny Novgorod Prosecutor’s Office.
In January 2015, the Ministry of Justice of Russia added the Committee Against Torture to the register of «foreign agents». Later on, this fate awaited the successor of the dissolved organization — the Committee for Prevention of Torture.
At the present time, the Committee Against Torture is operating under its historic name.