The use of torture against prisoners is unacceptable, Russia’s human rights commissioner said today, following the release of videos showing the interrogation of suspects in last week’s attack on the Crocus City concert hall near Moscow.

When they appeared in a Moscow court on Sunday, one of the suspected gunmen appeared on video with his ear cut off, another was unable to testify as he was unconscious and all four arrested had visible signs of abuse.

“Although the detention of criminals can be crucial and the criminal law states that actions taken during arrests which cause bodily harm are not liable, it is absolutely unacceptable that prisoners and accused persons should be subjected to torture,” said commissioner Tatiana Moskalkova, as reported by the TASS agency.


She added that any procedural and operational actions should be carried out in accordance with the law.

The Russian Constitution prohibits torture and Russia is a signatory to the UN Convention Against Torture.

The Kremlin declined to comment yesterday when asked whether those arrested had been tortured.