Riot near Vladimir Central Prison backfires on police

Riot near Vladimir Central Prison backfires on police
Khamzat Aushev

Prosecutor’s Office believes the decision of the Criminal Investigations Directorate of Vladimir Region Office of MIA to release the “rebels” was unlawful.

An unexpected turn in the already forgotten case of the riot that erupted outside the legendary Vladimir Central Prison. On the morning of March 21, after a rumour that thief in law Khamzat Aushev was beaten all to pieces by members of the prison executives, his family members and friends arrived in thirteen cars and blocked the entrance to the institution. Russian Special Police Force, who arrived at the scene within minutes, rounded up rioters. Then it was reported that all supporters of the thief in law were held administratively liable. But apparently, this information turned out to be false.

July 21 Vladimir Region Prosecutor’s Office issued a report stating that Aushev’s entire support team was released “due to the lack of facts on the offences committed.”

“There was a violation of public order related to swearing. Forty-seven (47) people were detained and taken to the district police department because their actions had signs of violation under Part 3 of Article 20.2.2 of the Russian Code on Administrative Offences (Participation in a large-scale simultaneous gathering and (or) movement of citizens in public places resulting in violation of public order, obstructing movement of pedestrians and vehicles, committed on the territories directly adjacent to the buildings of institutions executing punishment in the form of deprivation of liberty),” reported the Prosecutor’s Office.

According to the Prosecutor’s Office, the decision of the Criminal Investigations Directorate of Vladimir Region Office of the MIA to release the detainees was unlawful; in this connection, three officials of the Internal Affairs bodies were subjected to disciplinary liability in the form of comments, admonition, and severe admonition.

The support campaign backfired on Khamzat Aushev himself. Earlier it was reported that after the riot the thief in law was threatened to a new criminal case. This was announced to the journalists by the deputy head of Vladimir Region Office of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, Andrey Matveev, after the incident, although he refused to disclose the details.


Early morning on March 21 eyewitnesses reported shooting near the Vladimir Central Prison. Driving a number of vehicles, Caucasus natives surrounded the prison building and set up a picket. Russian Special Police Force promptly arrived at the scene; firing shots in the air, they rounded up the visitors. According to The CrimeRussia’s source, Aushev’s family had been notified about him being beaten by prison guards, although in a subsequent official denial it was reported that the wounds were self-inflicted.



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