Aleksandr Litreev knew it was no routine traffic check as soon as the policeman demanded he hand over his phone. Litreev, 24 at the time, was on his way to a meeting in Yekaterinburg, a day’s drive east of Moscow, about one of his apps. The police pulled him over as he headed to a hotel to drop off his bags. That moment, last February, is when his life changed forever.
“They took me to a police station,” Litreev recalls, “and magically some drugs appear.” Litreev said he was arrested by around 10 armed policemen, beaten into confessing to ecstasy