Oldest penal establishment in the Urals for lifelong convicts Cherny Berkut to be closed
Members of the Public Monitoring Commission are sure of this.
One of the oldest penal colonies in the Urals, IK-56 Cherny Berkut (The Black War Eagle), will soon be shut down. In the institution of a special regime located in the taiga village of Lozvinsky in the very north of the Sverdlovsk Region, lifelong sentenced prisoners are held.
About the upcoming closing of the colony, Znak writes citing a member of the Public Monitoring Committee, Olga Vekovshinina. According to her, this information was communicated to the human rights activists by the head of IK-56, Colonel Subhan Dadashov during their visit in the spring of this year.
“There are no documents on this yet. But this follows from the logic of the events taking place. According to the staff rules, there should be 499 prisoners, in fact there were about 70 left in the colony, and their number is gradually decreasing,” Vekovshinina explained.
She suggested that the issue would be finally resolved in the near future, since before that they were waiting for the appointment of a new chief of the Main Directorate of the FSIN for the Sverdlovsk Region. The new head, we recall, is Colonel Alexander Fedorov.
However, the press service of the regional Main Directorate of the FSIN does not comment on the closure of the colony, but do not rule out that such a question will be raised in the future. According to the representative of the establishment, the contingent of the colony will be transferred to a newly built penal institution for life-term-sentenced prisoners IK-6 Snezhinka (Snowflake) in the Khabarovsk Territory.
It is to be noted that for the last few years the quantity of the prisoners serving time in Sverdlovsk Region, essentially reduced. Only in 2017, the number of prisoners decreased by 4% and at the moment there are 26.5 thousand people in the Sverdlovsk colonies and pre-trial detention facilities (until recently there were about 40 thousand people). The number of colonies is also decreasing. In 2014, a special regime IK-14 in the village of Puksinka was closed (at the moment the village is dying out). In 2015, the contingent was withdrawn from IK-18 in Sosva. In 2017, IK-59 was closed in Ivdel.
IK-56 Cherny Berkut was opened in 1935 and belonged to the system of the Ivdel camps of the GULAG. During the Soviet era, this was the only colony in the country where the criminals sentenced to exceptional punishment which was replaced by a 20-year imprisonment in the colony of the strongest –special regime – were serving their sentences.