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Prosecutors in the Russian Siberian city of Irkutsk have announced an investigation after a man who was in police custody was later found in the street with serious injuries.

Prosecutors said on April 5 there was evidence suggesting the man, who is now in a coma, was beaten by two other detainees who were later freed by police.

The beating victim was found unconscious in the street.

Prosecutors say they are probing whether police attempted to cover up the March 30 incident.

On April 4, it was announced that three Moscow police were expected to face trial for allegedly using a gas mask to torture a female murder suspect last year.

The woman survived.

Russian police have been facing increased scrutiny after the death of a man in custody in Kazan last month.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax
Asgat Safarov has been under incresing pressure to step down as interior minister of Tatarstan.
Officials say the interior minister of Russia's central Republic of Tatarstan has submitted his resignation in the wake of the scandal over a suspect who was detained and allegedly tortured to death by police.

Officials said on April 5 that the formal announcement of Interior Minister Asgat Safarov's resignation was expected soon.

The death of 52-year-old Sergei Nazarov, who was allegedly tortured with a bottle, in March in Kazan has led to a public outcry, with rights activists calling for Safarov's firing.

Russia's Investigative Committee and federal Interior Ministry have launched probes into the incident and similar alleged incidents in Tatarstan.

Five Kazan police officers have so far been fired over the case and charged with abusing their positions, forging arrest papers, and deliberate infliction of serious bodily harm.

Based on reporting by Interfax and Russian media

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