Interior Minister’s Book Criticized For Justifying Torture
Growing controversy over the Russian police reform effectiveness, which had been triggered by the savage incident with Kazan police officers who had allegedly tortured a detainee to death, urged the review by the Russian Public Chamber that gathered to discuss the matter on March, 26, 2012.
During the meeting Anatoli Kucherena, a famous attorney, Head of the Chamber Committee on public security problems and interaction with law-enforcement authorities, called for the police officers reassessment Commission to take responsibility for the notorious incident. “The reassessment Commission must be charged as well since it admitted those police officers to work”, said the attorney.
Moreover, Kucherena pointed to the book “Kazan Phenomenon In Decline” written by Asgat Safarov, Tatarstan Interior Minister, claiming it should be thoroughly examined by the Public Chamber in the view of its alleged police brutality condonation. Anatoli Kucherena obviously referred to mass media allegations stating that in his book Asgat Safarov avows the police tortures as indispensable measures to eliminate organized crime. However, the attorney admitted not having read the book in fact, so that “he could not tell something for certain”.
Later, during the interview to Business-Online on April, 2 Asgat Safarov commented on Kudherena’s remarks by saying that they had been misinterpreted and extracted from the context. “I have never upheld the police tortures. But standing for justice I strongly believe that we can overcome the crime only acting unmercifully and disconcertingly”, stated Safarov. The Minister noted further that due to the police operating swiftly and rigorously most of the crime groups of the murky 90-ies committing manslaughter and kidnapping were wiped off with the participants life sentenced.
Commenting on the public appeals for his resignation Asgat Safarov claimed that in case it was sanctioned, he would retire “with a clear conscience”