General Lopyrev envies Ulyukaev
The FSO general detained on suspicion of bribe-taking is currently held in the Lefortovo detention center; he is drying rusks, complains of thirst, and envies the former head of Ministry of Economic Development, who is under house arrest by court's decision.
Human rights defenders from the Public Monitoring Commission (PMC) of Moscow have visited the defendants of high-profile cases held in the Lefortovo detention center; Head of the Federal Guard Service in the Caucasus Lieutenant General Gennady Lopyrev, who had been arrested on suspicion of bribe-taking, joined their list a week ago.
In a conversation with PMC members, Lopyrev told that employees of the infamous Moscow detention center are tough on him. According to Moskovsky Komsomolets, the general hardly benefits from the advantages of his achievements and ranks in the fight for much-needed household items.
In particular, Lopyrev noted that since the arrest on November 20, he has not yet had the opportunity to change clothes. According to the general, his relatives had already handed over the basic necessities to the Lefortovo detention center employees; however, the latter have yet to bring his stuff from the warehouse.
"I wanted to buy an immersion heater in the detention center's store, but they warned me it would first be transferred to the warehouse. Then what's the point? Why is it so difficult to get the essentials?" the arrested wondered.
As the newspaper reports, the general is currently in a quarantine cell with nothing but an iron bed and a table.
Lopyrev dries slices of bread, explaining that the local bread is edible only when dried up, the human rights defenders tell. He neatly arranges the rusks in rows on a shelf.
The worst situation would be with water, said Lopyrev.
"To get hot water in the morning, you need to leave a request the previous evening. To get it in the evening, the request must be made the previous morning, respectively. Since I've been unaware of this, I've spent three days without water," the prisoner told.
Meanwhile, Federal Penitentiary Service officers deny Lopyrev's words, noting that there are no water restrictions in the detention center. "The general must have misunderstood the floor attendants."
In addition, the general has also drawn attention to the fact that it is rather cold in the cell, and as the frosts intensify, he is getting ice-cold water out of the tap. According to PMC members, some of the prisoners are suffering skin chapping on the hands.
"I don't get why Minister Ulyukaev, who has been indicted on pretty much the same charges, is under house arrest, and I am here. They've taken away my passports, but why would I flee from Moscow anyway? I know that complaining is useless: I've myself been in this system for almost 40 years, starting in the KGB. I have a rough idea of what awaits me. I'm not optimistic about it," Lopyrev said.
Yesterday, it became known that the Third District Military Court of Moscow rejected the complaint of lawyers of the FSO Lieutenant General suspected of bribe-taking about the measure of restraint. His arrest until 23 January was deemed lawful. According to investigation, the former head of FSO in the Caucasus used to receive bribes on an especially large scale from heads of commercial structures in exchange for overall protection when concluding government contracts for repair works for the department's needs.
As reported earlier, 1 billion rubles was seized during the search in the general's Sochi apartment, although according to Moskovsky Komsomolets's source close to the general, this information does not comply with reality. Lopyrev himself does not plead guilty.
Let us recall that apart from Lopyrev, a number of prominent prisoners in cases of bribery and abuse of authority are held in the Lefortovo detention center, including former Head of Komi Republic Vyacheslav Gayzer, ex-Governor of the Kirov region Nikita Belykh, MIA Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko, and highest-ranked Investigative Committee executives Denis Nikandrov, Mikhail Maksimenko, and Aleksandr Lamonov.