KYIV (QHA) -

As of June 11, 2018, at least 181 cases of torture and inhuman treatment have been recorded, of which 55 were cases of torture and 126 were inhuman treatment. This statistics was provided by the Head of the board of GO "CrimeaSOS" Tamila Tasheva on June 12, at a press conference in Kyiv.

“The first cases were recorded, beginning in March 2016, when military aggression took place. Further, tortures were applied to people subsequently involved in the initiated criminal cases. They were used both on the territory of the remand centre, when people were already serving their sentences, and during attempts to kidnap and recruit people by the FSB," Tasheva said.

August 10, 2017 at 6 am FSB broke into the house of Ibrahimdzhon Mirpochayev. Subsequently, they forced him to give false testimony.

"They were beating me for a long time, and then began to strangle me with a packet. They put it on my head and asked about my uncle, he also lived in the Crimea, then after some time as Russia came to the peninsula - he left. They inclined me to say that my uncle went to Syria and fought for ISIS. To which I replied that it was a false. They told me that I would say what they wanted, and strangled me 5-6 times," Ibrahimdzhon Mirpochayev, victim of torture, shared his experience with the audience.

The coordinator of EmigRussia project stressed that the use of torture is quite typical for the work of law enforcement agencies of Russia. Now this practice is introduced into the occupied peninsula.

“Torture, a traditional Russian practice, came to the Crimea with the seizure of this territory. These methods have been worked out in the southern regions of Russia for 25 years. They are often latent in nature, in addition, the conditions of detention in the Russian prison or colony can be recognized as degrading," Zhbankov said.

The Head of the department of the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Maksim Kandzeba said that the result of investigations of criminal proceedings in tortures largely depends on the position of the victim.

“Now about 140 criminal proceedings are registered. More and more are opened, and their result largely depends on the victim's active position. We, for our part, use all possible methods to bring the perpetrators to justice," Kandzeba said.

Earlier, human rights activist Dmitry Yegoshin also confirmed that torture is a common practice in the Russian Federation.

Reportedly, one Crimea resident was tortured in a colony for refusing to accept Russian citizenship.

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