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16 Feb 2013

Civic Assistance Committee (Russia)

Internal Investigations Division (IID) found offences on the part of policemen in “Golyanovo case”

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Head department of IID, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Russia proved offences on the part of policemen towards former employees of Prodykty store who were living in slavery.  In particular, the institution’s official letter received by Civic Assistance Committee read: “In the course of checking information on non-admission of response action on the case were partially acknowledged”.  The document informs...that guilty policemen were brought to disciplinary responsibility by the order of the chief of Department of Internal Affairs, Eastern District, Moscow.  The letter also says that materials of check-up were sent to Preobrazhenskiy investigation department for making a decision on opening a criminal case.  For Golyanovo case this is an important achievement.  For many months lawyers...were confronted only with refusal of opening criminal cases and inactivity of interrogator Damir Samerkhanov on complaints of former employees of Prodykty store...At the same time in Shymkent (Kazakhstan) eight criminal cases were opened against them on complaints of former sellers... Also on the complaint of the store employee a criminal case was opened in Uzbekistan under Article “Human Trafficking”...