Lawyers get evidence of torture on Stanislav Klykh

Дата: 24 December 2015
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Lawyers of Ukrainian citizen Stanislav Klykh received the medical documents confirming that he had been tortured during the interrogation in Vladikavkaz, Russia.

This is reported by the #LetMyPeopleGo campaign and Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union.

Thanks to the efforts of the European Court of Human Rights, the lawyers of Klykh received the outpatient registration log book and the medical records of Klykh, drawn up in the places of deprivation of liberty in Piatigorsk and Grozny this year (see documents in Russian).

In particular, an extract from the log book of November 2014, obtained by the ECHR from the medical unit of the Federal Penitentiary Service department in Grozny, contains the following record:

There are old scars from the handcuffs, reportedly, of irregular shape at the wrist joints on both sides. There is an old scar 2 by 4 cm in size of round shape at the knee joint on the right. There is an old scar 3 by 4 cm in size of round shape with signs of inflammation at the left knee joint. According to the patient, he got these injuries (scars) one year ago, from August 25 to September 15, 2014, during the interrogation in the city of Vladikavkaz. There are old scars 0.5 cm in size at the ankle joint.”

This entry was made after examination of Klykh in September 2015, exactly one year after the interrogation in Vladikavkaz.

In addition, the extract from the medical record of Klykh, provided by the same institution, contains the conclusions of different doctors who confirm the signs of torture. Doctors ascertain the presence of scars in the wrist, ankle, and knee joints, some of them having signs of inflammation. Klykh complains about pain following these injuries and confirms that he received these injuries during the interrogation in Vladikavkaz.

At the same time, the European Court of Human Rights rejected the application of Rule 39 in relation to Stanislav Klykh, who is being held in Grozny now. The response of the court says that there are no grounds for urgent independent medical examination of Klykh.

Rule 39 is used when the court believes that the life and health of a convict is under significant threat.

As a reminder, Ukrainian citizens Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh are illegally held in Russia. They are accused of “participation in the Chechen war” and “the murder of the Russian servicemen.”

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