President Ilham Aliyev
Office of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic
19 Istiqlaliyyat Street
I am concerned about the three teenagers, Ruslan Bessonov, Maksim Genashilkin and Dmitri
Pavlov who have been detained since March 2005, charged with murdering another teenager, Vusal
Zeynalov. All three boys allege they have been tortured and ill-treated since their arrest.
Ruslan Bessonov has stated that on the 14th of March 2005 he was tortured and ill-treated by police
investigators. Both Maksim Genashilkin and Dmitri Pavlov have alleged similar treatment.
All three claim they were forced to sign confessions incriminating each other for the murder of
Vusal Zeynalov and court hearings have been repeatedly postponed for two years.
I fear that the boys may be further tortured or ill-treated while in detention and that their trial will
fail to comply with international standards.
Consequently, I strongly call for Ruslan Bessonov, Maksim Genashilkin and Dmitri Pavlov to be
given a fair trial or immediately released.
Also I call for their allegations of torture and ill-treatment to be fully investigated and, if verified,
for the confessions to be declared inadmissible evidence in court.
Finally, I call for those responsible to be held accountable and the victims to receive reparation.