Russia’s security services are running secret detention centers, in which they hold and torture terrorism suspects, according to the lawyers and relatives of a native of Kyrgyzstan who is accused of involvement in the deadly St. Petersburg metro blast on April 3.
A lawyer for Akram Azimov, who is originally from the southern Kyrgyzstan town of Jalal-Abad, told EurasiaNet.org last week that she had filed a request with prosecutors to investigate the allegations.
Similar allegations have been made in yet more detail in a report published by the Russian news website Republic. The Federal Security Service, or FSB, the successor agency to the KGB, has yet to make a public comment on the claims, despite being queried directly.
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Nurjamal Djanibekova is a reporter based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.