8th defendant in Yaroslavl torture case gets arrested

8th defendant in Yaroslavl torture case gets arrested
Ruslan Tsvetkov in court

22-year-old Ruslan Tsvetkov will remain in custody until September 20. According to the Yaroslavl FSB office, he may be involved in other crimes.

The eighth suspect in the high-profile case of torture in the correctional camp No. 1, Junior Inspector of the second category of the security oversight team, Ruslan Tsvetkov, has been detained in Yaroslavl, TASS reports. On Saturday, the Zavolzhsky District Court of Yaroslavl elected a preventive measure for him, arresting him until September 20.

Ruslan Tsvetkov’s lawyer asked the Court not to arrest the inspector, who had made a full confession, as he had worked in the colony since May 2016 and had no choice but to comply with the order of senior officers. However, according to the FSB Directorate in the Yaroslavl region, Tsvetkov may be involved in the commission of other crimes.

The scandalous video of the beating of correctional camp No. 1 (IK-1) prisoner Evgeny Makarov by officers of the colony was published by Novaya Gazeta. The bodycam recording of a Federal Penitentiary Service officer shows several men (rights defenders report 18 people) beating the prisoner with batons and pouring water from a bucket on him.

Immediately after the high-profile video came to light, the ICR initiated a case of Exceeding Official Powers with the use of violence (item a part 3 of Art. 286 of the Russian Investigative Committee), however, it later turned out that the Investigative Committee had checked this video, recorded in the summer of 2017, a year ago, recognizing the use of physical strength by the Federal Penitentiary Service officers justified and lawful.

At the moment, seventeen employees of the correctional camp No. 1 have been suspended from work for the time of the incident investigation; however, according to Commissioner for Human Rights in the Yaroslavl region Sergey Baburkin, the prisoner Evgeny Makarov fears that someone may kill him, making it look like a suicide.

Prior to that, six officers of the IK-1 were arrested in the Yaroslavl colony torture case. Another defendant, Deputy Head of the colony Ivan Kalashnikov, is under house arrest.

Following the scandal, the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia organized special commissions in subordinate institutions throughout the country to review all cases of violence in penal colonies.

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