«We will Make You Love Russians!»
Once again about tortures in the system of the Ministry of Internal
Since March, 8th, 2012 Farid Ramisovich Eldarov, born in 1988,
Russian citizen, living in Moscow is detained in detention center of
MIA in Khimki, Moscow area. He finished the fourth year of the
Moscow aviation institute (МАI). His official place of residence is
in Derbent, Dagestan where his mother Sonia Gasanova lives.
On March, 7th Eldarov spent the night in Krasnozavodsk, Moscow area
at his friend Ramzan Shaykhaev. Except them, Ramzan's wife and three
children were in the flat.
About 7am, after breaking down the door, about 30 people burst
into the flat: representatives of special forces wearing masks and
some people in plain clothes. They kicked men on the ribs to
overturn men on the floor and put the handcuffs. They made them lie
face down for about four hours. They searched the flat. Farid saw
that they planted a weapon which was mentioned later in the report
as a sawn-off gun. Judging by the number of participants and the
fact they wore masks , the special operation aimed at finding a gang
of terrorists, instead of peacefully-sleeping family with many
However the "show" went on. One of its participants was especially
active: he shouted at Farid and Ramzan, accused them of being
«Wahhabites» and of «killing ours in Chechnya», and he threatened
them with «slow and painful death».
About 3pm, Eldarov and Shaykhaev were taken to the police department
(DIA) of Khimki where they were interrogated until 8pm.
Investigators relieved each other, and the arrested men were
transfered from an office to another. Interrogation was accompanied
by threats and insults. Then they told Farid that «nothing was used
against him but that it was necessary to provide some information on
Ramzan». He answered that he could not tell anything to discredit
him. Then they promised that he will be released after examination.
Farid was taken to a separate office on the second floor of the DIA,
for testing presence of explosives. They cut off halves of hand
nails. Then they put on his neck a loop attached to a wall at about
the height of a person so that at any movement, he could came to
suffocation, and after they began to beat him. They twisted his arms
and legs, beat on fingers of hands and feet, threatened to rape him
with a bludgeon and to «throw in prison» a photo of this act. Farid
often fainted. They tried to make him slander Ramzan Shaykhaev, but
he refused. Farid was tortured by six or seven persons by turn, he
remembered some of them and could identify them. According to Farid,
they were drunk or on drugs.
The scene lasted for three or four hours. Then they dragged him to
the first floor to make finger-prints. He could not go by himself.
There he still fainted – they threw water on him and kept on beating
him. At this moment, an agent of department of fingerprint analysis
joined the torturers.
Everything was running by the same man who threatened Farid with
slow death. Torturing Farid, he constantly repeated : «We will make
you love Russians!».
He and his assistant tried to force Eldarov to put kneel down in
front of him and again threatened with rape. Farid could not stand
pain anymore and what he considered as a shame. «For four hours, he
says, I reached such a point that I wanted to attack people who were
beating me, only to be shot».
After gathering his last forces, Farid punched one of employees in
the nose, and another in the jaw. They all attacked Farid with new
force: they jumped on him, beat arms and legs and he could not
protect his head from blows. Then they again dragged Farid upward.
Other arrested people saw, how he was dragged along the corridor and
After dragging Farid on the second floor, they made him sit on a
chair with difficulty and left him alone. In the night of March, 9th
Farid Eldarov was transfered in another building – which he could
not realize. There he was compelled to sign a declaration in which
he was accused of minor acts of hooliganism. Therefrom Farid was
taken away to emergency clinic. One of doctors who examined him
demanded his immediate hospitalization, but a second doctor signed
the authorization to keep Farid under surveillance. Then he was
brought back to detention center of Khimki.
On March, 9th the head investigator of investigating department of
Khimki of Main Investigating Department (GSU) of Investigative
committee (SK) for the Russian Federation in Moscow area, D.N.Tropin
brought an accusation against Farid Eldarov in accordance with
part.1, art. 318 of the criminal code of Russian Federation:
«Article 318. Use of Violence Against a Representative of the
1.Use of violence that does not endanger human life or health, or
threats to use violence against a representative of the authority,
or his relatives, in the line of duty,
shall be punishable by a fine in the amount up to 200 thousand
roubles, or in the amount of the wage or salary, or any other income
of the convicted person for a period up to 18 months, or by arrest
for a term of three to six months, or by deprivation of liberty for
a term of up to five years ».
On March, 10th, judge of Khimki city court V.A.Zharkikh with
assistance of public prosecutor I.G.Bagaev decided to grant the
petition of the investigator of GSU SК of the Russian Federation in
choosing of F.R.Eldarov's preventive punishment in the form of close
confinement. The judge agreed with investigator's opinion, stating
that «if Farid was free, he could exert pressure upon victims, could
go on his criminal activity, or in another way could prevent
thruth from being established in this case». It seems to be that Mr
Zharkikh and Bagaev, as well as the investigator Tropin, "did not
notice", in which state they brought to court the one who could
exert pressure upon «victims - policemen».
According to the law, after 48 hours from the beginnig of his
detention, the suspect has to be arrested by court and transfered in
investigative isolation ward; or he has to be released; or court
could extend the term of detention to 72 hours (in this case the
arrested person remains in detention center).
According to article13 of the Federal law «About custody of people
suspected and accused of perpetration of a crime », the detention in
detention center can not exceed ten days in a month and has to be
connected with conducting investigating actions in the places
located far from the investigative isolation ward.
Thus, Eldarov's detention in detention center is illegal.
We may suppose that they tried to bring him in an investigative
isolation ward, but he was in a such condition that his admission
was simply refused. Farid is now detained in detention center of
Khimki. There Rosa Magomedova – lawyer of the Human Rights Center
"Memorial" – met with him and wrote this story according to Farid's
words. The lawyer saw Farida's swollen feet, a toenail was broken, a
lot of fingernails were broken though they grew. On the head, she
saw the remains of an oedema due to the blows.
The lawyer Magomedova went into action after Farid's mother Sonia
Gasanova asked us for help. She told that on March, 8th investigator
Tropin called her from Moscow to inform her that her son was
detained . On March, 11th Sonia Gasanova met with the investigator,
who, according to his own words did not know what to tell about
the reasons for her son's detention. He asked if her son read the
Koran. Sonia answered that he read it, but read also the Bible, and
books about history of religion. Sonia underlined that she and her
son are muslims, but she sometimes visits churchs and does not see
Investigator Daniel Tropin gave to Sonia the phone number of a
lawyer advised by a Farid's friend. The meeting with the lawyer
threw her into panic.. After describing in the darkest tones the
state of her son, after explaining nothing about the criminal
affair, the lawyer demanded her for unreasonable sum to maintain
relations with the prisoner. Also unasked mediators who proposed
their help to make Farid released began to be interested in «the
budget of Eladarov's family».
The HRC «Memorial» and the Committee «Civil assistance» intend not
only to observe Farid Eldarov's destiny, but also to give him the
support of a qualified lawyer. In the following days, the lawyer
will familiarize with material of the criminal case. Meanwhile we
will address to the Public Prosecutor's Office concerning the
tortures underwent by Farid.
Sonia Gasanova suggests that the reason for events of March 7th is
Ramzan's and Farid's visit to funerals of a Russian friend become
muslim and with whom they attended the same mosque of Bolshaya
Tatarsky street in Moscow. According to Gasanova, their friend was
killed during a special operation to neutralize «the Khimki gang»,
about which there were some messages in mass-media (see in Russian:
According to Farid's mother, they were not close friends , but he
considered it to be his duty to pay a last tribute to him.
March 22, 2012