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St. Petersburg Blast Suspects Claim Torture in Russian Jail

FSB agents push Abror Azimov’s face into the ground during his arrest on April 17. According to the Azimov brothers’ lawyers, Abror was in fact detained as early as April 4, but was then kept in the secret prison until April 17, the official date of his arrest. (A still of footage released by the FSB)

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.

St. Petersburg Blast Suspects Claim Torture in Russian Jail

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