Every day there are news in Russia about crimes against citizens committed by… police. Yesterday’s prize in “bad cops” nomination goes to brave officers from Shchyolkovo – small city in Moscow region.
Translated from LifeNews:
Shchyolkovo Cops in Their Best
Officers of the Shchyolkovo department of internal affairs – police dogs’ trainer and criminal investigator – broke into [neighbors’] apartments and went berserk beating husband and wife in front of their 5-year-old child.
The investigation department of Shchyolkovo city (Moscow region) commenced a criminal case against police officers from the local department of internal affairs.
Four men broke into apartments of a young family and badly beat the spouses. Identities of attackers have been revealed. They appeared to be police dogs’ trainer Lyudmila Litvinova, officer of the criminal investigation Vladimir Litvinov and the district police officer Vladimir Teslenko. Identity of the fourth attacker hasn’t been established yet.
The nightmare for 26-year-old Natalya Kordyuk and her 20-year-old husband Sergey Elder began in the corridor of their dormitories on February 4. The couple was standing in the stairwell with their friend Artyom, talking and smoking.
- It wasn’t late, we stood there and talked – all of us were sober. A woman passed by, drunk – since she had an obvious smell of alcohol, - says Natalya. - She asked me why we stand there and smoke. We decided not to react and continued talking. She descended two steps and said: “Now I will call for [police] unit; they will teach you. I’ll show you!”
To be more convincing the woman showed her [police] ID card but did not open it.
The neighbors departed, but few minutes later Natalya and Sergey heard strong noise outside of their door. Natalya went to see what was going. As soon as she opened one door, the second door was shattered by uninvited guests.
- I recognized the woman whom we met on the stairs, she was accompanied by three men, one of them - our district police officer Vladimir Teslenko - was in uniform - recalls Natalya. - The next moment I was knocked down by man’s fist, my husband also was thrown to ground and brutally beaten.
While the 29-year-old employee of the police dog service Lyudmila Litvinova beat Natasha, her husband – detective of the Shchyolkovo department of internal affairs – was “practicing” on Sergey. The whole scene was observed by Natalya’s 5-year-old daughter, Dasha.
- My child got terrible psychological trauma – says Natalya, crying. - Few days after the incident, she asked me: “Mommy, do you remember how I asked the aunt and uncle not to beat you?”.
[Note: in Russian language, children often address adults as “aunt” and “uncle” – even if they are not their relatives]
She doesn’t know for how long the beatings continued. The woman few times lost consciousness and regained it again. The child was taken away by a neighbor who rushed after hearing the cries.
- How all ended, I do not remember. It turned out that they beat us because Lyudmila said that we hit her. But we didn’t. Vladimir said about it, and the attackers suddenly withdrew.
The same night spouses beaten by cops went to the local emergency room. Next day Natalya was hospitalized with neck injuries and concussion. Her husband was taken to hospital because of kidney injury.
According to the injured woman, soon after the incident they were advised by police to retract their complaint. The spouses have been even visited by Vladimir Litvinov’s boss who offered to settle the conflict.
- I want these people to be punished according to the law! - says Natalya Kordyuk. - I don’t need their money. Instead of carrying out their duties and protecting us, they cripple us!
As reported by the Moscow region police, Litvinov was fired before the opening of the criminal case.
After examining the facts, investigators commenced against the ex-police couple the criminal case under the article “Unlawful entry into apartments committed with violence or threat of force.”
Comments of Russian netizens
Below are comments left by Russian netizens.
Pay attention at two main motives in the reactions to this story:
1) Police in Russia can’t be trusted. Nurgaliyev (Russia’s chief police officer) should be fired.
2) To some extent the spouses are guilty in what happened – because they were smoking in the stairwell.
Shapoklyak: What’s going on ?????????????????
Relax: What can I say? Nurgaliyev should be impaled.
nat: This is the real face of policemen. They can do anything when they have police ID cards.
Denis: Just look at that fat face. In the past I also didn’t trust them too much. But now after Kazan events and such reports their credibility in my eyes is lower than ever. We need to protect our families ourselves.
Alekseyeva: Nurgaliyev should be hanged by his balls in the Red Square, so that everyone could pass by, kick him and spit in his face.
narod: Cops, courts and prosecutors are occupant army of vovik.
[Note: vovik is a diminutive form of Russian name Vladimir. Comment’s author obviously refers to the re-elected president Vladmir Putin]
Denis: I really think that we need permit for firearms. At least to allow keeping it at home. Then the man would simply shoot those bastards and everything would be fine. Why do you think people become such bullies? There is no fear and responsibility. And it’s not only about police.
farsh: We must cancel special prisons for trash. They should go to regular prisons. It will be good stimulus for them not to break laws.
Svetlana: What porcine faces, indeed… so disgusting. And this is our police.
Rimma: What cute, intelligent re-certified faces.
[Note: Last year Russian militia was transformed into police. All employees had to pass tests and re-certification. After this process was finished, Russian authorities claimed that only the best policemen were certified]
Sergey: Excellent reason to quit smoking.
Victor: Shchyolkovo department is well-known for its workers and their “methods” for obtaining evidences. And Vladimir’s face is typical in their institution. Normal people don’t go to work there.
Pavel: Mr. Nurgaliyev is waiting until people take pitchforks and nail him. He just can’t quit nicely. Though it might be late already – there is too much blood on his hands.
Yelena: It’s not the first case this year in this department, one of the cops was fired for the incident (he beat and killed a man – that man was my relative). When will we have justice in this country?
Andor: The cops are undoubtedly villains. But victims are also not angels. Smoking in the corridor is against the community rules [ed: they lived in dormitories; most dormitories ban smoking in corridors and stairwells]. This is violation of neighbors’ rights. People can be expelled [from dormitories] for smoking [in prohibited places].
I myself have neighbors who constantly smoke in the stairwell; when I ask them to stop – they say such things in response that it almost results in fights. So, much is unclear in this case.
Sergey Ganchev: How much more lawlessness from law enforcement organs do we need to see the obvious. This pseudo-reform was doomed to failure from the very beginning… bees will never go against honey! Reform of the Ministry of Internal Affairs had to be conducted by a public-elected board… and not by them (since they have discredited themselves long times ago).
Nurgaliyev should resign and the reform should be done properly ..!
Olga: Why smoking in the building! She did the right thing to warn them. And they probably were rude in response… I know it very well, myself was through it.
Providenie: We should decriminalize the murder of policemen.
leo: “- I want these people to be punished according to the law! - says Natalya Kordyuk”.
These are not people, these are subhuman beings, in my opinion…
Rossiya: People, it’s time to go against Moscow, since fish rots from the head.
[Note: “Fish rots from the head” is Russian saying meaning that if something is wrong in society or organization – one must look at the leadership]
Agent: And why do they smoke in the stairwell? They have provoked it themselves. Nobody is happy when neighbors treat you like pigs, because smoke [from the stairwell] penetrates into apartments. They don’t smoke in their own apartments because of their children, so how about neighbors? “Heck with them, let neighbors breath the smoke.” I don’t approve the actions of ments but they must blame themselves.
Eugeny: What a mug! What? Cops don’t have face control when being recruited?