02 Nov 2018 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 17 Aug 2016 Russian Federation

News Reporter Dmitri Remisov Assaulted by Police During Interrogation

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Dmitri Remisov, the Rostov-on-Don regional correspondent for Rosbalt news agency, told the agency he was repeatedly assaulted by police officers while being questioned at the regional Centre for Counteracting Extremism on 11 August, 2016. According to Remisov, he was asked to come to the CCE in order to answer questions related to a criminal case “on the preparation of a terrorist act” in the city of Rostov.
He reported that two police officers asked him whether he knew certain individuals, most of whom were opposition activists. “Then they asked me if I knew a certain Smyshlayev. I said that I didn't remember such a person. One officer started saying I did know this person in 2009, after which he struck my head three times. Afterwards, he began threatening me, saying he could prosecute me under the criminal law or could have some Nazis punish me”, Remizov said. After he was questioned another policeman threatened him with physical punishment, saying "we will meet [with you] once again”. The Rosbalt correspondent received medical care after the questioning. He also filed a complaint against police officers, Rosbalt reported.
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02 Nov 2018
On 2nd November 2018, the partner organisations of the platform decided to transfer this alert to the category of ‘impunity’, based on their assessment of the lack of sufficient progress in the investigation of this case.
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