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MOSCOW, April 8 (Itar-Tass) —— A criminal case has been opened over the threats to the press secretary of the Kaliningrad regional department of the Russian Investigation Committee.
The Committee said the case was opened on the basis of Part 1, Article 318 of the Russian Criminal Code (a threat to use violence against a public officer in the line of duty).
“Senior assistant to the head of the Kaliningrad regional department of the Russian Investigation Committee Marianna Andryushina was threatened yesterday and told to remove from the website the report on illegal actions of certain police officers,” Investigation Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass earlier.
“Measures will be taken within the criminal case to identify and apprehend all persons related to this crime, from perpetrators to the organizer,” the Investigation Committee said. The possible punishment is up to five years in custody.
Andryushina said on Saturday that a criminal case had been opened over the abduction of a 26-year-old resident of the Chernyakhovsky district of the Kaliningrad region by three policemen on April 6. The man was taken to a deserted place, cuffed and beaten. The policemen put a plastic bag on his head and nearly smothered him. The victim managed to escape and reported the case to prosecutors. The police said the abductors tried to force their victim to confess a car hijack.