Belorechensk: 10 juvenile detention center employees sentenced to 49 years in prison for beating teenager to death
In Belorechensk, the court has sentenced 10 jail employees to 49 years in prison for beating teenagers.
Several teenagers were escorted to the Belorechensk jail to serve their sentences on November 24, 2015, according to a pre-trial investigation and following court proceedings. Duty officer Sergey Andriyashchenko let police officers and security guards in. The police officers were supposed to ‘educate’ the teenagers using force and psyching them out, while the guards were supposed to 'talk to them one on one.' They intended to subdue the teenage offenders by combining their efforts.
It ended up in them beating the underage inmates. 16-year-old Vitaly Pop suffered at least 17 blows to vital organs and died of a closed head injury. Other teenagers suffered various injuries, too.
The Court convicted the defendants upon reviewing their case file. Each one received punishment based on their role in the accident. The detention centre's Acting Head Vladislav Ivanov was sentenced to 5 years in prison; Arsen Shamkhalov and Andrey Krivolapov who beat the 16-year-old victim to death were sentenced to 11 years in prison each; Pavel Gritsin was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison; Valery Zadneprovsky was sentenced to 4 years; Roman Bersenev, Valery Savchenko, Musa Allaev, and Sergey Labinsky were each sentenced to 3 years in prison; Sergey Andriyashchenko, the officer who let them in, was sentenced to 2.5 years.
Saburova believes that the Russian authorities violated articles 2 and 5 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, guaranteeing the right to life, as well as the right to freedom and personal inviolability.