Torture claims by Russian Jehovah’s Witnesses prompts investigation

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An official of Russia’s main criminal investigative body says the organization is looking into allegations that its officers tortured members of the banned Jehovah’s Witnesses religious group. In a February 19 statement, the religious group said seven of its adherents were “subjected to torture – electric shocks, suffocation, and cruel beatings” by Investigative Committee officers in the city of Surgut in northwestern Siberia. The Investigative Committee initially denied the torture claim. But Interfax on February 22 cited regional committee official Oleg Menshikh as saying it had decided to investigate the claim because of “agitation that has arisen after publication of this information in the media.”

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