×
Enjoying ad-free content?
Since July 1, 2024, we have disabled all ads to improve your reading experience.
This commitment costs us $10,000 a month. Your support can help us fill the gap.
Support us
Our journalism is banned in Russia. We need your help to keep providing you with the truth.

Prosecutor's Office: Rights Violations 'Ubiquitous' in Police Force

The Prosecutor General's Office has sent official notification to Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev that rights violations committed by law enforcement agencies are "ubiquitous."

"Instances of the violations of the rights of citizens and the inobservance of the requirements of the Russian Administrative Code by law enforcement agencies are ubiquitous," the prosecutor's office said in a statement released Tuesday.

Though the ministry has yet to comment on the statement, which noted several specific instances of rights violations and fabricated statistics, Kolokoltsev has made commanding discipline in the nation's police force a priority.

In an interview published Tuesday in Kommersant, he said he would hold police chiefs responsible for violations by their officers. "Right now, I don't see any other options for maintaining order."

"The basic solution is to tighten the screws and increase discipline," he told the newspaper.

The prosecutors' statement notes that "citizens detained by police are often held in conditions that present a threat to their life and health."

In order to "artificially inflate performance indicators," Saratov police began administrative proceedings against dead people, 39 criminal cases based on fabricated reports were opened in Penza, and 11 deliberately misleading police statements were made in Kemerovo, among others, the statement said.

In Karelia, a drunk driver was allowed to continue driving, then struck and killed two pedestrians, the statement said, adding that a criminal negligence case had been opened.

Some 140,000 police statements have been appealed following checks by prosecutors this year and last, the statement said.

Related articles:

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

Once
Monthly
Annual
Continue
paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more