Mari El ex-Head Markelov complains of abhorrent conditions in jail
Leonid Markelov states that officers exert pressure on him in the insulator.
Former Head of Mari El Leonid Markelov, accused of taking a bribe on a large scale, appealed to the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, Yuri Chaika, complaining about “abhorrent conditions” in the Moscow Lefortovo detention center. TASS reports citing lawyer of the official Igor Trunov.
The official points out “punitive detention, moral pressure, frequent transfer (more than 10 times) from one cell to another with a sick heart and sore joints, searches, inability to receive medical care, medicines, and treatment.”
The lawyer notes that during the detention, his eyesight and cardiovascular disease deteriorated, Bechterew's disease (inflammation of the joints, ligaments, and tendons) progressed (the detention of the prisoner suffering from this disease is prohibited by law). According to Trunov, the official faces the pressure to confess to crimes that he did not commit.
Trunov says that a similar appeal was also sent to the chairman of the Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights, Mikhail Fedotov, and he is preparing a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).
The Basmanny Court of Moscow arrested Leonid Markelov on April 14, 2017, on suspicion of Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale (part 6 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) from owner of the Akashevskaya poultry farm Nikolay Krivash. On April 6, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed him on a personal statement. Later, the investigators filed a case on Illegal Possession of Ammunition (part 1 of Art. 222 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), since ammunition was found during a search. Markelov was also accused of Abuse of Official Powers (part 2 of Article 285 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) because of the illegal transfer of salaries to employees of the Mari El administration.
Every big Russian city has ‘untouchable' people who are beyond the reach of the law enforcement authorities – generals, judges, mayors, etc. Despite overwhelming evidence sufficient to prosecute them, such persons cannot be busted without authorization from the federal center. There is also another type of corrupt officials: their deeds are well-known – but these people are so generous, hospitable, and understanding that no one is willing to arrest them.