The siloviki are massively fabricating cases against migrants. They are put under administrative arrest, and then accused of terrorism Main from the investigation of “Novaya Gazeta”

Novaya Gazeta has revealed a scheme according to which policemen massively fabricate administrative cases, after which their defendants become accused under especially grave articles of the Criminal Code, mainly terrorist ones. The victims of this scheme, as a rule, are migrants, the newspaper writes.

The journalists managed to find the scheme by analyzing the database of court decisions for the correlation between administrative and criminal cases. Novaya Gazeta first searched for people who were twice, with an interval of no more than 17 days, subjected to administrative arrest for disobeying a police officer or for petty hooliganism, and soon after that they were sent to a pre-trial detention center as accused in a criminal case. 

The idea to conduct such a search, the newspaper notes, appeared after the case of Islombek Kamalov, about which Novaya Gazeta wrote back in 2019. After the arrest, his phone was taken away and, while he was under administrative arrest, unknown persons corresponded with him on VKontakte. A cellmate who was sitting with him in the detention center testified that Kamalov allegedly confessed to joining  ISIS , after which a terrorism case was opened against him.

Now Novaya Gazeta has found 11 cases with a similar development of events – migrants were sent under administrative arrest, then under repeated, and then charged with a criminal offense. At least five people have already received prison sentences of up to eight years in prison. 

Why is it about the “scheme”? Anyone who knows criminal law and practice in “good-quality” criminal cases understands that no one catches normal terrorists, bandits, thieves and murderers like that. A person who is suspected of a crime is taken into criminal custody on the basis of some evidence, and not administratively – for spitting on the sidewalk. Evidence is found in the course of investigative actions: interrogations, searches, seizures, operational-search measures. And not as a result of “pressing” a person. Here everything is the other way around: first the arrest, then the evidence.

As noted by Novaya Gazeta, many of the administrative detentions in these cases took place near the buildings of the police department. The publication emphasizes that this is an infrequent phenomenon, since “the back streets where the police station are located are usually not crowded,” and suggests that the detainees were brought directly to the police station “for an administrative protocol that does not correspond to reality,” after which the police entered the arrest address into the protocol. nearby.  

Novaya Gazeta notes that it studied only the Moscow database, but suggests that similar schemes can be applied in the regions. “Perhaps the names of those accused in these and similar cases coincide with the names of the“ terrorists ”and“ extremists ”mentioned in the reports of the FSB and Center“ E ”on their effective activities,” the newspaper writes. 

(C)MEDUZA 2021

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