A man held by police in Russia’s Far East was found dead on Friday without any traces of injury on his body, in the second custody death in the country in the past two weeks, a local investigation committee spokesman said on Monday.
“On Friday, March 16, police discovered the dead body of a 44-year-old man, who had been taken into custody on suspicion of larceny,” the source said, adding that an inquiry had been opened into the case.
Earlier this month, a detainee died in hospital in the Russian city of Kazan in Tatarstan from injuries, which, according to his relatives, were caused by policemen sodomizing him with a champagne bottle before death, he said. Five policemen have been arrested and the local police department disbanded in connection with the case.
In another incident, a man is in a coma with serious head injuries after he was taken to hospital in Gatchina near St. Petersburg on Monday, after being arrested in a café where “he had fallen many times on the floor,” the police said. Investigators say “he is a 34-year-old man from a decent family.”
In a separate incident, two traffic policemen were given four- and five-year suspended sentences on Monday for beating up and breaking the leg of a Smolensk resident last January. Under Russian law, the maximum sentence for such offences is seven years in jail.