Russian police hit by new 'electrocution' scandal
Russia's scandal-plagued police were Friday hit by a new controversy after officers were placed under investigation on suspicion of torturing and electrocuting a suspect in Siberia.
Moscow-based investigators said policemen in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk had in February repeatedly hit a 25-year-old suspect on the head and body as well as electrocuting him to make him confess to stealing from a commercial company.
Investigators did not release further details, only adding that the probe was continuing. They did not say what instrument was used in the electrocution of the suspect, the person's identity or his current condition.
Police brutality has long been seen as a major scourge in Russia.
But reports of brutal treatment of suspects in police stations have been multiplying since a scandal in the mostly Muslim region of Tatarstan, where a 52-year-old man died in custody last month after being beaten and raped with a champagne bottle.
Asgat Safarov, the interior minister of Tatarstan, earlier this week submitted a resignation following the scandal, a police spokesman said. The Kremlin has not said yet whether it would accept the resignation.
© 2012 AFP