Investigative Committee refuses to initiate criminal cases over Matrosskaya Tishina’s VIP cameras
The investigators did not reveal "any double approach to the arrested, suspects, accused and convicted by the administration."
The Investigative Committee refused to initiate a criminal investigation into corruption with regard to the management of the Matrosskaya Tishina pre-trial detention center (SIZO) and accused Dionisy Zolotov after a check in connection with the scandal involving VIP wards, Interfax reported. The decree of the Committee says that during the inspection all contracts with philanthropists, acceptance certificates listing construction materials, and documents confirming payment were examined. Based on the results of the audit, it was decided not to initiate proceedings.
Investigators interviewed philanthropists who financed the repairs, officers of the Federal Penitentiary Service and investigators who participated in the works. Dionisy Zolotov, who confirmed that he took part in the repair of the cells on the basis of Art. 27 of the Federal Law "On the Detention of Suspects and Accused of Crimes", according to which suspects and accused could carry out work on the territory of the detention center, was interrogated.
During the audit it was established that Zolotov did not use mobile phones and other prohibited items, he moved around the territory of Matrosskaya Tishina with an escort. The information on the receipt of remuneration in exchange for transferring the accused to the renovated cell was not confirmed. "There is no any double approach in this case to the arrested, suspects, accused and convicted by the administration," the decision says.
Zolotov's lawyer Roman Kandaurov confirmed the refusal to initiate criminal proceedings against the leadership of SIZO-1. According to him, the results of the investigation removed suspicion of dishonest behavior from his client and other persons under investigation, as well as FSIN officers. Kandaurov added that he and his client had appealed to Gennady Kornienko, the former director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, and to Sergei Moroz, the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for Moscow, with a request to resume repairs, so that the suspects could move to the renovated cells as soon as possible.
Earlier it was reported that after the scandal with VIP cameras in Matrosskaya Tishina, the deputy head of the isolator for operational work was dismissed. Three SIZO employees were brought to disciplinary responsibility. The Moscow Prosecutor's Office claimed that there were no VIP cameras in the detention center, but the difference between repaired and ordinary premises for prisoners.
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