Thief in law Levan Sukhumsky gassed in Vladimir Central prison

Thief in law Levan Sukhumsky gassed in Vladimir Central prison
Levan Abuladze (Levan Sukhumsky)

Civil activists say his life is not in danger.

Thief in law Levan Abuladze (Levan Sukhumsky) is illegally held in a punitive confinement and denied medical care. This is reported by Assistant Chairman of the Committee for Civil Rights Boris Ushakov citing the thief’s lawyer Olga Andronova and his wife. In his message to ICR Head Bastrykin, Prosecutor General Chaika, FSB Director Bortnikov, and Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service Kornienko, Ushakov notes that while in T-2 FKU (Federal State Institution) of Vladimir, Abuladze has been refusing food for 25 days.

He thus protests against what seems to him an illegal treatment. Since late September, he has been isolated from a conventional cell, as a result of which his health has deteriorated sharply; the medical department has ignored his repeated requests for medical care.

The civil activist also says that physical force is used against the thief. There are even attempts to kill him by gas injected through the cell crevices. According to Ushakov, prison officials try to hamper Abuladze's health and avoid criminal liability after leading him to death allegedly from natural causes.

It is known that Abuladze has not been allowed to see lawyers for two weeks. Ushakov believes this was to conceal the administration’s criminal actions from the lawyers, investigation, and the prosecutor’s office.

As a result, the lawyers have filed complaints with the court, which recognized the actions of the penitentiary institution head as illegal. However, despite this, the rights of lawyers and Abuladze continue to be violated.

At the moment, the rights defender asks the competent authorities to respond immediately to this statement, calling the relief of Abuladze from a check by Head of the Federal Penitentiary Service Internal Security Department Oleg Cherskov the only viable means.

In addition, Ushakov also asks to initiate a criminal case according to the arguments presented and bring the perpetrators to criminal liability.

42-year-old Levan Abuladze was last sentenced to 4 years and 2 months under Illegal acquisition, storage, transportation, making or processing of narcotic substances on an especially large scale (part 2 of Art. 228 of the Russian Criminal Code) and Use of a knowingly forged document (part 3 of Art. 327) in June last year.

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