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Russian security officials are regularly subjecting detainees to beatings, rape and torture, a report by Amnesty International says.
More than 100 cases were documented in a small number of regions, although Chechnya - where incidences are said to be much higher - was not included.
The report said in some cases convicted inmates were used to torture suspects.
Amnesty called on the Russian government to protect the rights of those in detention.
"We are hearing horrendous reports of prisoners being tortured in police detention in Russia - beatings with fists, plastic bottles full of water, books, truncheons and poles, of suffocation, the use of electroshocks and of organised rape," UK campaign director Tim Hancock said.
"All forms of torture or other ill-treatment are unequivocally prohibited at all times and in all circumstances under international human rights law. However, police officers use torture in detention centres across the country."
Nicola Duckworth, Director of Amnesty International's Europe and Central Asia Programme
A new Amnesty International (AI) report brings to light the practice of torture and ill-treatment throughout Russia. Beatings with fists, plastic bottles full of water, books, truncheons and poles; suffocation; electroshocks to different areas of the body are some of the means of torture or other ill-treatment. AI has been told are used by the police in order to extract confessions from detained suspects.
AI researchers have also been told by former detainees of a special room fitted with a metal table with wrist and leg restraints used for rape. These practices are in violation of Russia's national and international obligations and the report details the lack of convincing efforts to eradicate the problem.
Originally posted by Souljah
Or have they used torture before and this just surfaced out now?
Originally posted by djohnsto77
I think Russians have been doing this for a long time, Stalin was probably even worse than Hitler in terms of killing "undesirables".
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Originally posted by shots
Why bring Americans into a thread right from the get go when you labeled it about Russians? Is this perhaps another attempt just to start thread under one premise so you can bash Americans and perhaps Brits?
Also while the Russians may torture, Chinea and NK are far worse, they just kill you.
Originally posted by blablablaxyz
As the EU-Russia summit approaches the wave of anti Russian propaganda continues to be pumped out by the USUK state-controlled media.
I find it fascinating how some posters treat these reports unquestioningly as fact.