MOSCOW, July 25 (RAPSI) – A court in the Zabaikalsky Krai ordered the Interior Ministry to pay 200,000 rubles ($3,000) to Victoria Barlybayeva and Anatoly Sokolov, who had suffered from tortures by police, their lawyer Roman Sukachev told RAPSI on Thursday.

According to Sukachev, the plaintiffs demanded 511,000 rubles ($8,000) each. Therefore, the ruling will be appealed, he said.

Earlier, local police officers Bator Yamadayev and Ayur Badmayev were found guilty of abuse of power with the use of force. Yamadayev received a 4.5-year suspended sentence; Badmayev was given a 3.5-year suspended sentence.  The both defendants were also banned from working in law enforcement agencies for 3 years.

It was found that on January 5, 2017, policemen used force against arrested Barlybayeva and Sokolov in order to extract confessions. According to case papers, Badmayev 6 times punched Sokolov in the stomach and chest and at least twice in the pelvic area, then he floored the victim and continued to beat him. Yamadayev kicked Barlybayeva in the stomach at least 4 times.