Chelyabinsk Police Officer Threats to Cut Throat of Muslim

(December 19, 2008)

A traffic police officer in Chelyabinsk, Russia threatened to cut the throat of a Muslim man he stopped for a traffic violation, according to a December 17, 2008 report by the Sova Information-Analytical Center. On November 29, according to local Muslim community activists, an officer stopped the car of Vadim Mingaleev, claiming that he was under the influence of drugs. When Mr. Mingaleev complained that the officer was forcing him to stand outside his car in the cold rather than letting him get into his car to warm up, the officer allegedly responded, "I would like to cut the throats of all of you Muslims!" Local Muslim community leaders prepared an official complaint to the prosecutor's office, which is investigating the incident.

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