Surgut followers of “Jehovah's Witnesses” (an extremist organization banned in Russia) did not use interrogation violence, and the stun-gun traces appeared later, they said in the district Investigation Committee, calling it “an attempt to influence the investigation.”
According to the UK inspection, “minor hematomas and abrasions in the legs,” some of the believers received before the interrogation – because of the “fighting techniques” after their “active resistance” before the searches. A part of the believers who complained about the beating, as they say in the department, had no damage at all.
Burn wounds, talking about the use of a stun gun, were made not on the day of the search and interrogation, but later, they say in the Investigation Committee, for “discrediting the law enforcement agencies.” Earlier, the version of the investigation that followers of Jehovah's Witnesses imitated traces of torture, voiced by a source of Ura.ru in law enforcement.
About electric burns on the bodies of believers, similar to the traces of a stun gun, said an independent examination conducted by them. Two of them, Yevgeny Kayryak and Artyom Kim, had corresponding wounds on their legs. At the same time, the examination, which the Ministry of Justice and the Federal Penitentiary Service carried out at the request of the ECHR, did not find any other believer Sergei Loginov under arrest for signs of torture, because of which the Council of Europe court refused to provide interim measures on his claim.
Previously, seven Surgut followers of Jehovah's Witnesses complained of torture during interrogation on February 15 in the building of the Investigative Committee, where they were taken after searches. They told Novaya that they were stripped naked, they poured water over them and they beat them with a stun gun, demanding to tell about the structure of the community.
After that, the court sent three of them to the SIZO, including Sergey Loginov. Later, the decision to arrest one of them was canceled, but the other two believers are still in custody.