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Sergei Mitrokhin: tortures in the name of Christ

Sergei Mitrokhins blog at the Echo Moskvi web-site
July 5, 2011

As I have already written [in this blog], another action against the "Black Sea Coast Palaces" again led to arrests.

Kirill Gontcharov, leader of the Moscow Youth YABLOKO, served two days of imprisonment and Sergei Menzheritsky, Chairman of the "Public Beach" movement five days. The latter is a future YABLOKO member, as he is going to apply for membership in YABLOKO upon his return to Moscow.

The guys did not give the police any reason for detention or arrest: the action was held in the form of hiking.

It was trekking through the places that were one day tourists routes leading to the sea, however recently they have been fenced. As in the Middle Ages, modern Russias feudal lords secular and those wearing soutanes - are fencing their lands.

Our activists have suffered from the latter.

At first the tourists are rudely ordered out of the place, because they put leaflets with YABLOKOs logo and a slogan Lets return land and water to the people! on the fence of Patriarch of the Russian Church Palace (by the way, the Patriarch tried to deny his ownership of the palace).

They had to answer in full for the Patriarch.

The namesake of the Patriarch Kirill Gontcharov was arrested in the cafe, where he sat waiting for dinner, however, the police in an expert manner twisted his hands.

An administrative violation case was completely trumped up by the Gelenzhik cops.

But the cops zealousness, obviously very religious in its nature, went event further.

Our guys were put into a jail cell in the police station 3 by 3 meters large, where about 20 people had already been crammed along with them.

People were standing, squatting or lying close to each other on the dirty cement floor. One of them - a homeless person obviously had tuberculosis. In this cell the guys were kept before sending them to court: Goncharov for nine hours and Menzheritsky for 14 hours.

After the trial, the cops continued to expressing their loyalty to the Patriarch.

The convicts were housed in a temporary detention facility, located in the same police building in Gelenzhik. Menzheritsky was kept cell No 13. The cell was about 16 square meters. m, and was designed for seven, but the police kept 18 people there.

The cops did not try to hide the fact that the temporary detention prison had several vacant cells.

They tormented 18 people on purpose, so that, according to the police officers, "they would try to avoid getting there in the future.

People had to queue so that to sleep in turn on a board couch (as there were no separate beds and linen).

The walls were covered by perennial layer of dirt and grime. Cockroaches were crawling on the floor. There was a toilet flush used instead of a sink. The toilet was not separated from the rest of the cell, and the only place where one could eat was right up to the toilet. There was no ventilation. According Menzhiretsky, one had a complete feeling of being put into a gas chamber. Shower could be taken only once in ten days. No walks were allowed.

However, the cabinets of the police officers quite corresponded to the new name (Ed. Until 2011 Russian police was called militia) the modernised organisation: good refurbishing was made their.

I have sent an appeal to the Public Prosecutor General regarding all these horrors.

However, I have little hope to get his reaction.

Looks like [Russian famous philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev was right forecasting the beginning of the New Middle Ages!

We have class privileges in the form of flashing lights, special vehicles, etc. We have feudal lords secular and clerical. We have fencing of land. Executioners

In this context, it is even not surprising, that we have tortures in the name of Christ ...

See also:

The original publication in the blog

Human Rights

YABLOKO Against Corruption

Protection of Environment

YABLOKOs activists arrested by Putins country cottage at the Black Sea Coast. Press Release, June 25, 2011.

Tuapse printing facility refused to print YABLOKOs bulletin for the rally obeying the order from the authorities. Press Release, June 24, 2011.

YABLOKOs activists get imprisonment verdicts, Press Release, February 28, 2011

Young YABLOKO activists hang a banner Freedom to Political Prisoners! opposite of the Kremlin. Press Release, March 3, 2011.

Friendly Oligarch Buys 'Putin' Palace . The Moscow Times, March 4, 2011.


July 5, 2011

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