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6 Nov 2012

HRO.org (Russia)

Svetlana Ganushkina: The Investigation Must be Conducted in Accordance with the Law

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On 2 November 2012, the news agency...held a press conference on the release of the Kazakh and Uzbek nationals who were enslaved for many years by the...owners of the Produkti shop in Moscow's Golyanovo district...The victims' account revealed details of the many years they spent in virtual slave labour in a basement shop on the outskirts of Moscow...The lawyers list the serious aspects of the offences committed against their clients: the use of slave labour..., unlawful imprisonment..., intentional infliction of moderate bodily harm..., kidnapping of a person..., threat of murder and murder...Meanwhile...many serious questions remain to be asked of the Golyanovo Department itself.  The use of slave labour in its district went unnoticed by police officers for a period of ten years...“The fact that people were held in slavery for ten years...represents a breakdown of the law enforcement system, which not only failed to prevent a series of serious crimes, but also condoned them”, said Svetlana Gannushkina, Chairperson of Civic Assistance and board member of the Human Rights Centre Memorial...