11:53 03.11.2017

Crimean Tatar Paralamov describes how FSB officers tortured him in Crimea

KYIV. Nov 3 (Interfax-Ukraine) - Crimean Tatar Renat Paralamov, who became the victim of Russian special services in Crimea in September 2017, described how he, with the use of torture, was forced to sign and voice the confessions about crimes he allegedly committed.

He said at a press conference at the Interfax-Ukraine news agency on November 2 that on September 13, Russian security officials searched his house in the village of Nyzhniohirsk in Crimea. After the search, FSB officers (as it later became known) kidnapped Paralamov, held him in the "FSB directorate" in Simferopol, and used torture against him for the purpose of cooperation with the Russian special services.

"I was forced to sign two protocols, in one of which I confess that I found trotyl, cartridges and fuses in a forest in 2014, that I hid them in my home in the village of Nyzhniohirsk, and then near the Simferopol water reservoir. In another [protocol] I confess that I am allegedly a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, that I allegedly organized the dissemination of information on the Internet, in the social network VKontakte. I was forced to slander my friends and people who I don't know. They also forced me to voice the text on camera," Paralamov said.

According to him, he had a sack put on his head, he was beaten, tortured, including by electric shock, and threatened with rape.

After Paralamov was released, on September 14, he was found at a bus station in Simferopol in extremely grave condition. Subsequently, the victim of torture left Crimea together with his family.

The head of the board of NGO Human Rights Movement of Crimea Enver Kadyrov noted that such things happened not only in Crimea, but were a common practice in Russia and that this was indicated by those human rights organizations that are still working in Russia. He pointed out that the current head of the "FSB directorate" in Crimea, Viktor Palagin, had previously worked in Bashkortostan and there was information about similar stories there with beatings, electric shocks and threats of rape with respect to detainees.

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