Russian dies in custody after bottle rape

2012-03-12 22:38

Moscow - Russia's scandal-hit police force was reeling from a new controversy on Monday after a man died in detention of a ruptured intestine after allegedly being raped by officers with a champagne bottle.

Sergei Nazarov, 52, a resident of the city of Kazan in the mostly Muslim central region of Tatarstan, complained of abdominal pain after being detained by police on suspicion of theft on Friday.

He received a pain-relieving injection in the evening but was admitted to hospital the next day after being diagnosed with ruptured intestines, regional police said.

"He underwent surgery, after which he slipped into a coma and died without gaining consciousness," police said in a statement.

Regional interior minister Asgat Safarov on Monday called an emergency meeting, saying that all those found guilty of Nazarov's death would be severely punished.

All four senior officers at the Dalny police station in Kazan where the incident took place, including its chief, have now been sacked over a lack of trust, the regional interior ministry said in a statement.

A spokesperson for investigators in Tatarstan said a probe into the incident was currently under way, saying Nazarov's relatives insisted he was raped while in custody.

Dmitry Kolbasin, head of the Agora inter-regional rights organisation, said the man had told his family about his ordeal before his death.

Champagne bottle

He "managed to say before he died that police officers in the Dalny police department had raped him with a champagne bottle," Kolbasin wrote on his page on LiveJournal.

Police claimed that Nazarov was drunk at the moment of his arrest while his brother-in-law Shamil told the Interfax news agency he was sober and was detained on his way to a shop.

"It's unclear what kind of hooliganism for which he was detained they are talking about," the man was quoted as saying.

With the controversy gaining steam, the Agora rights organisation and the Kazan Rights Centre formally asked President Dmitry Medvedev to relieve the Tatarstan police chief Safarov of his duties.

Russia's police have faced a series of scandals in recent years, including the killing of two people by an off-duty officer in a Moscow supermarket in 2009 as well as the repeated beating of a protester by a police officer in Saint Petersburg in 2010.

  • Shaun Robinson - 2012-03-13 07:29

    We can take a feather out of Russia's cap. They sacked the SUSPECTED perps. no suspension with paid leave here!!!

      Spyker - 2012-03-13 10:02

      One should not be surprised that the ANC regime is so fond of the 'Russian Bear' - the inherent savage, is apparent when you look at what happened in the ANC's torture camps in Angola - particularly when the camps were under command of Jacob Zuma...

      Warwick - 2012-03-13 15:53

      In SA they would have been promoted.

      Susan - 2012-03-13 16:21

      Neither are ethey waiting to investigate.. well done to the Russians.

      Koos - 2012-03-13 20:01

      Aaaaa Spyker_May, you also know of those. Funny how no one talks about what the ANC did there.

      Pierre - 2012-03-14 08:03

      The same happened (amongst others) in the Abner Louima case in New York. Only it seems the Russians are more serious about punishing the culprits than their US counterparts in 1997.

      Lucia - 2012-03-14 08:29

      What a way to go!!!!!!

      nsda29 - 2012-03-14 10:58

      Deus you are unbelievable! Shame on you! Did you have to include Race in such an act.

      Sam - 2012-03-14 14:15

      A feather out of Russia's cap? Geez... you couldn't have passed English at school. You probably mean a leaf out of their book?

      bluzulu - 2012-03-14 17:31

      No , not in a civilized European civilization. surely not. this is surely a misprint.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-14 17:32

      These are lies spread by the ANC. How can this be?

      Tamsyn - 2012-03-14 19:32

      @ bluzulu: You do realise that Russia is not actually a European civilization right?

  • Diana - 2012-03-13 08:49

    You wanna say only russian cops are that bad? Corruption and violence unfortunately are the synonyms of police forces all over the world. I've just checked out this particular story on different news sources and surprisingly everyone gives a different version. Looks like a little lamb is not than innocent as they claim him to be.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-13 09:30

      Holy smokes Diana, regardless of what he may have done there simply can be no justification to rape him with a champagne bottle.

      Spyker - 2012-03-13 10:22

      Diana - I will have to agree with you. Russian cops are not the worst. If it were South African cops, the person would have been raped, by an AIDS-invested savage. So I guess you are right - there is indeed other 'cops' that are worse... I do not read Russian either, so I will spare you the conjecture - I will however state fact by saying the 'Russians' do not come with a 'squeaky' clean reputation. Eg at the end of WW2 Russian soldiers indiscriminately raped anything that moved. They even had "Rape Squads" - some of them did not even have weapons - they simply went around just to rape (in some cases babies). I am not sure what the status is in Russian culture, but in my culture, rape is the most sickening savage and primitively brutal of all crimes.

  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-13 09:32

    The Russian police is somewhere between a secret police an a terrorist organization. They are particularly good at covering up political murders, like tat of journalists!!!!!!

      Pierre - 2012-03-14 08:21

      I agree with you, these types of things are despicable and Russia seems to be a corrupt police state. The problem is these same things happen in the US (e.g. Abner Louima in New York) and the Americans were not very eager to prosecute their police offenders in similar situations. Judge by all means, but we must get to a point where ALL countries are judged equally and not only look at Russia, China and Syria.

      Antipoaching - 2012-03-14 09:44

      Oh Great Diana, seller of the Russian bride........... All Sa-types this is what Diana the high and mighty does for a living: heres the link to her webpage:

  • Hannelie - 2012-03-13 10:15

    "All four senior officers at the Dalny police station in Kazan where the incident took place, including its chief, have now been sacked over a lack of trust, the regional interior ministry said in a statement." In South Africa police can publically act inhumanely towards the public and they dont get sacked. They get snacked over the knuckles and told not do it again!

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-03-13 12:51

    Only sacked? They should have been criminally sentenced and send to Siberia where a whole collection of champagne bottles awaited their arrivals.

  • bounca363 - 2012-03-13 17:36

    Now why mention " of Kazan in the mostly Muslim central region of Tatarstan...." just why?

      Tamsyn - 2012-03-14 19:38

      @ hcrouse: that has got to be the most ridiculous comment I have ever read. 'So that we assume the cops were Muslim'... because only Muslim cops will patrol the streets of Muslim areas? Would it not make more sense that it would imply that the victim of this crime was Muslim?

  • Peter - 2012-03-14 06:50

    Revolting creatures, humans.

  • Rory - 2012-03-14 09:44

    Geez, could they not have used better wording..."A spokesperson for investigators in Tatarstan said a "probe" into the incident was currently under way"

  • Silvana - 2012-03-14 13:04

    This is disgusting. And all that happend to the officers is that they were fired. Oh well I suppose it's better than been suspended with full pay.

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