Verkhoturye underboss cuts throat protesting against prison conditions

Verkhoturye underboss cuts throat protesting against prison conditions
Sergei Mashagin

According to human rights activists, even though he is suffering from tuberculosis, the convict is kept in an unheated cell with no warm clothing.

Sergei Mashagin, who is referred to as a “Verkhoturye underboss", cut his throat in protest against the conditions of detention. According to human rights activists, even though he is suffering from tuberculosis, the convict is kept in an unheated cell with no warm clothing. Currently, he is in medical and correctional facility No. 51 of Nizhny Tagil. According to Marina Chuvakina, an expert at the Interregional Center for Human Rights, who gave a statement to URA.RU, none of the human rights advocates or lawyers have seen him yet, but they are going to have a meeting with Mashagin in the coming days.

The Sverdlovsk FSIN is yet to comment on the incident officially.

The gang of the local underboss (as he refers to himself and so do police reports) Sergei Mashagin kept the Ural town in fear. He was detained at the end of 2015, after a man had turned to law enforcement agencies and told them that the gang had taken him to a cemetery and told him to pay them 100.000 rubles ($1.500). They shot at his toe to convince him. It was Mashagin who made the shot from a traumatic pistol, according to police. It turned out that they wanted the money because the man had been disrespectful when speaking about on of the Verkhoturye underbosses, Alexey Smolin, in a cafe.

The court sentenced Mashagin to 16 years in a special-regime colony, while his accomplices got prison terms ranging from 8 to 12 years.

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