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Russia: Tatarstan minister who quit over police torture appointed to senior post

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 16 May 2012
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May 16, 2012

KAZAN, Russia – A former interior minister of Russia's central republic of Tatarstan who quit under a cloud of police scandal has been appointed acting deputy premier.

Asgat Safarov resigned as minister after a high-profile scandal at a police station in the Tatar capital, Kazan, in March, when a suspect in custody died after police allegedly beat and raped him.

Safarov's nomination was put forward by Tatar President Rustam Minnikhanov.

Tatarstan's State Council has to approve Safarov's appointment later this month.

Based on reporting by Interfax and RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service

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