Police in Nizhny Novgorod fabricated a case against Alexander Shulman, student of translation at the Nizhny Novgorod University of Linguistics, for allegedly planning a terrorist attack.
On 24 September 2007, Alexander and his life companion, Yelena, found a note, which contained a bomb threat against the university. Alexander took the note, intending to hand it over to the dean’s office the next day.
On the morning of 25 September 2007, the police were already looking for a bomb at the university. On 20 September 2007, the university had received another bomb threat. On both occasions, the police failed to find any explosive device.
When Alexander arrived at the university on 25 September 2007, he handed the note to one of the policemen searching the premises. He was taken to the dean’s office.
Alexander’s father told that his son was beaten up by the police and forced to sign a confession. Alexander’s girlfriend, Yelena, said he was accused of planning a terrorist attack and fomenting extremism.
Yelena was also questioned by the FSB, who told her that she would have her baby in prison.
The police searched Alexander’s home and confiscated copies of the opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta and material critical of the regional governor, Valery Shantsev.