On 26 April 2009 Rashid Razzakov, a migrant worker in Voronezh, arrived at a meeting place as arranged by his employer (who was acting on police instructions). On arrival, three uniformed police officers knocked him to the ground, handcuffed him and took him in an unmarked car to the police headquarters where they demanded that he confess to a murder. He was subjected to severe physical violence (including being punched, hit on the head with a glass bottle, undressed, tied up and hung in painful positions from a metal bar and a door, head down and naked) over a period of two days until he confessed and signed a paper in Russian which he could not read. He was then released without charge and no criminal proceedings were brought against him.
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