Human rights activists ask Investigative Committee to initiate criminal case against Yaroslavl region FSIN Head
Retired Maxim Zalesov could have known about the torture in his colony and ignored them.
The Public Verdict Foundation appealed to the Investigation Committee with a request to check the message of the Deputy Head of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN), Valeria Maximenko, that the former Head of the Yaroslavl region FSIN, Maxim Zalesov, knew about torture of IK-1 prisoner Yevgeny Makarov before initiating a relevant criminal case, but decided not to foul their nest. Maximenko stated that in an interview with Znak edition.
“Zalesov concealed the crime, thus becoming his accomplice,” Irina Biryukova, a lawyer of the Public Verdict, writes.
Also, the human rights foundation asked for a legal assessment of the Federal Penitentiary Service leadership's actions. As the lawyers point out, the prison department inspected the publication of the video recording of the torture of prisoner Yevgeny Makarov, learned about the awareness of Zalesov, but did not take any measures.
Reports of the torture of Makarov with video evidence were published in 2017 and 2018. It is assumed that the video was shot on June 29, 2017. Zalesov headed the Yaroslavl FSIN on November 24 of the same year and retired in January 2019.
In 2018, the official became a founder of a fund that deals with shooting and entrapment of wild animals in a hunting sector he supervises. With that, the official did not report about it to his senior executives.