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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

FSB, Police Accused of Torture

The FSB and police have tortured three former Guantanamo inmates and subjected them and four others to continual harassment and abuse, a U.S.-based rights group said in a report Thursday.

The Interior Ministry declined to comment on the accusations. The FSB, or Federal Security Service, declined immediate comment.

Allison Gill, Moscow director for the rights group, said three of the seven men who were released from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2004 have been severely beaten and tortured. All have suffered from detention and other forms of hounding by the authorities, especially on the part of the Interior Ministry and the FSB, she said. "They have all been subjected to serious harassment," she said. The report also said four had been forced into hiding.

One of the former detainees, Rasul Kudayev, has been held in custody in Nalchik on charges of participating in the October 2005 attack by hundreds of militants on police and other government buildings. Kudayev's lawyers and relatives say he was severely beaten while in custody to extract confessions, and a regional court has ordered prosecutors to probe those allegations.

"They tortured him in all ways. They beat him day and night in the course of one month," Kudayev's mother Fatima Tekayeva said by telephone. "I saw traces of the beatings on his body with my own eyes."