Sunday, April 14, 2024

Russian Police Using Torture More Often and Russians are More Tolerant of That, Expert Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Apr. 12 – There are no official statistics on the number of cases of torture by police in Russia; and few of their victims are prepared to bring charges against those who abuse them. But a Russian expert in this field says that the amount of torture is increasing and Russians as a whole are more tolerant of that than they were.

            After the Crocus City Hall terrorist attack, Olga Sadovskaya, a lawyer with the Command Against Torture organization, says, “Russians began to consider torture an acceptable method of putting pressure on those arrested.”  Before that, most “condemned this practice” although it was nonetheless widespread (

            According to Sadovskaya, approximately one Russian in ten has been subjected to physical abuse by police; and a study by the Command Against Torture group published last fall showed that it has been widespread, even though officials refuse to talk about it (

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