On August 28, 2008, Demetra D. and his friend Vitalii V. were detained by police on suspicion of theft. Demetra D. and Vitalii V. told Human Rights Watch that police learned about their sexual orientation from the person who had reported Vitalii V. for theft. Police raped and beat Demetra D. and Vitalii V. while they were held in detention for three days.
Demetra D. described the first rape to Human Rights Watch:
They made us [me and Vitalii V.] kiss each other [on the mouth] and then also in intimate places. Told us to suck each [others’ penises]… [T]hey [also] took the handle of a hammer and took turns putting it in my and my friend’s [Vitalii V.’s] anus. They also said, “You have a whole night andday [of abuse] waiting for you.”
Demetra D. told Human Rights Watch that while they remained in this police station, over 12 police officers came in and out of the room to rape, punch, kick, and humiliate him and Vitalii V. He recalled:
They tied my hands and knees, put me on my stomach. People without uniforms walked in, and anyone who wanted to put whatever they had in their hands [inside of] my anus. Then they would turn me on my back and beat me with batons.
They did not stop there. They took an electric shock weapon and put it near my anus. They didn’t stick it inside but would put it next to my anus and shock me. My mouth was gagged. And this kept on going until the evening.
They would call their acquaintances and ask, “Do you want to see some fags?” I kept telling them that I have a weak heart and allergies. I told them that my family would look for me no matter what. I thought I would die there. I heard my friend [Vitalii V.] screaming from another room. I think he confessed [to the theft] and they took him away. This is when it stopped.
Two days later, Demetra D. and Vitalii V. were transferred to a police station in the district of Bishkek where the alleged crime occurred where police officers tortured them further.
To read Human Rights Watch's full report on Kyrgyzstan's police abuse of gay and bisexual men, click here. To watch a video that includes interviews with Demetra and other survivors of abuse and extortion, click here.