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Representatives of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) held talks last week in Russia with the federal authorities. The discussions were focused on the findings made by the CPT during its April-May 2011 visit to the North Caucasian region, in particular concerning the activities of law enforcement agencies and investigations into possible ill-treatment by members of those agencies.
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On 30 August 2011, the CPT's representatives met, in Moscow, the Minister of the Interior of the Russian Federation, Rashid Nurgaliyev, and senior federal officials of the Interior Ministry. The Ministers of the Interior for the Chechen Republic and the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania and the acting Interior Minister for the Republic of Dagestan participated in this meeting by videoconference. Later the same day, a meeting was held with the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Alexander Bastrykin, together with the Heads of the Investigation Departments of the Chechen Republic and the Republics of Dagestan and North Ossetia-Alania.

On 2 September, the CPT's representatives met, in Yessentuki, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin, Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the North Caucasian Federal District. They discussed with him the CPT's findings during the April-May 2011 visit to the North Caucasian region and sought his support for the implementation of several of the Committee's recommendations.

During the meetings there was a frank and detailed discussion of the issues involved, and all parties expressed the wish to increase cooperation on matters falling within the CPT’s mandate.

The CPT's representatives at the meetings on 30 August were Latif Hüseynov, President of the CPT, Mauro Palma and Jean-Pierre Restellini, members of the CPT, and Trevor Stevens, Executive Secretary of the CPT. Mr Hüseynov and Mr Stevens met Mr Khloponin on 2 September.