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Siberian Police Accused of Threatening to Rape Underage Suspects

A group of police officers in Siberia's Zabaikalsky region are being investigated over claims that they elicited confessions from four underage suspects by threatening them with electric shockers and condom-covered batons, news website Gazeta.ru reported Monday.

One minor said police told him they would take him to the toilet and rape him, Anastasia Kopteyeva, a lawyer and the director of the Zabaikalsky human rights center, was cited as saying by Gazeta.ru.

The case against the minors has been dropped, the report said. It was not immediately clear what they had been accused of.

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