Employees of the Federal Security Service of the Russia and other law enforcement authorities in Crimea use torture; in particular beatings, electric shocks and suffocation, to force victims to incriminate themselves, cooperate with law enforcement or testify against others.

This was said in a recently published report by the UN Secretary-General on human rights violations in the temporarily occupied Crimea.

Violations involving torture and other ill-treatment by law enforcement agencies in Crimea, particularly the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, were especially common immediately after a person’s arrest, during periods of incommunicado detention in unofficial places of detention.

International human rights law requires Russia to provide redress for torture and ill-treatment and to ensure that its competent authorities proceed to a prompt and impartial investigation, wherever there is reasonable ground to believe that an act of torture has been committed in any territory under its jurisdiction.