Gishasho protests against Penitentiary Service with dry hunger strike

Gishasho protests against Penitentiary Service with dry hunger strike
Georgy Mukbaniani

The Federal Penitentiary Service officers have transferred the convicted thief in law Georgy Mukbaniani from a Minusinsk prison to Krasnoyarsk to put him under pressure, human rights activists believe.

Thief in law Georgy Mukbaniani (aka Gishasho), who is serving a five-year term of imprisonment under part 2 of Art. 161 of the Russian Criminal Code (Robbery) in the Minusinsk prison, has gone on a dry hunger strike. The prisoner has refused to eat to protest against his illegal transfer from prison to the Krasnoyarsk pre-trial detention center No. 1 (SIZO-1), lawyer of the Foundation for the Protection of the Prisoners' Rights Larisa Zakharova said.

According to many prisoners, employees of the Krasnoyarsk Main Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service use this scheme to exert psychological pressure on convicts, as well as to compel them to any actions.

The thing is, Zakharova says, on the way from the Minusinsk prison to Krasnoyarsk there is a pre-trial detention center of Achinsk, where "they deliberately put the convict in a cell with heavily-built unknown men who choke and insult him, and in every way provoke the prisoner to fight and other protest actions."

In the Krasnoyarsk detention facility, there are the so-called 'pressure cells', where chaos reigns, supported by the prison administration.

The lawyer notes that the employees of the Main Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service previously made three attempts to 'break' her client in May and July 2016, as well as in April 2017.

 When on June 29, 2017 he was again taken out of prison, Mukbaniani immediately refused to eat, and after the transfer to the Regional tuberculosis hospital No. 1 Federal State Medical and Prophylactic Establishment on July 11, he went on a dry hunger strike.

The lawyer notes that the life and health of the prisoner is currently in danger, since he does not intend to stop the hunger strike until he is returned to prison.

 

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