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KAZAN -- Officials in the Russian republic of Tatarstan say another man has died in police custody.

Officials said the 49-year-old was serving an eight-day sentence for alleged drug violations when he died on May 14 in a detention center.

According to police, the death was caused by heart failure.

Officials say an investigation has been launched.

Tatarstan police have been under increased scrutiny since March after a 52-year-old suspect died after police in Kazan allegedly beat and raped him with a bottle.

Several police officers have been arrested and charged in that case, and Tatarstan’s Interior Minister Asgat Safarov resigned.

The case has led to a series of revelations about more cases of alleged beating and torture of suspects by police in Tatarstan and other Russian regions.

With reporting by Interfax
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