Mr Alexey Yakimov, 34, was taken to a local police station on 5 April 2009 after he asked two drunken policemen in civilian clothes to show their documents. The policemen had come to arrest one of the parties in a conflict of local taxi drivers.
At the police station, the policemen cuffed him and began to beat him while drinking beer stored in the office safe. The policemen placed several plastic bags on Mr Yakimov’s head and tied the bags around his throat. Mr Yakimov was able to bite a hole in a few bags but then lost his consciousness.
The policemen then shackled Mr Yakimov to the radiator and began to kick him, breaking his hand. When Mr Yakimov asked why the policemen were beating him, they replied that it was because he was “bald and too fat.”
In the morning, Mr Yakimov told the policemen that he would lodge an official complaint. The policemen then told Mr Yakimov that he would not leave the station alive. The policemen took Mr Yakimov to the bank of Volga River and pushed him into the ice water.
Mr Yakimov managed, however, to crawl on to the ice and flee. His friends had stayed all night in a car outside the police station and followed the policemen to the river bank. They took Mr Yakimov to the emergency station, and he was immediately taken to hospital.
Mr Yakimov turned to the local human rights organisation, Commitee Against Torture (MKPP), which confirmed his story. Mr Igor Kalyapin, director of MKPP, said he had never before come across such a devious case of torture.