Federal Penitentiary Service checks Butyrka after reports of businessman and repeat murderer being held in same cell
The law “On custody” prohibits placing persons prosecuted for the first time and previously convicted in the same cell.
The FSIN Directorate in Moscow has launched a probe after reports that businessman Vladimir Petrov, who was arrested on charges of swindling, was placed in the same cell of the Butyrka detention facility with a person previously convicted of murder and suspected of a similar crime, Kommersant reports. This fact was not indicated in the card of the arrested. The Law “On custody” prohibits placing persons prosecuted for the first time and previously convicted in the same cell, especially with when it is about serious crimes, noted the responsible secretary of the Moscow PMC, Ivan Melnikov.
The founders of the Lipetskoye Stankostroitelnoye Predpriyatiye JSC, brothers Vladimir and Kirill Petrov, are accused of particularly large-scale swindling in the execution of state defense orders. At the same time, Kirill Petrov got into a 20-person cell with those accused of economic crimes, while Vladimir’s cellmates were a person under investigation for swindling and repeat murderer. In 2005, the man was sentenced to 14 years for murder and robbery. In August 2017, he left for parole, and in November 2018, he was again arrested on charges of murder and robbery.
According to Melnikov, Petrov himself did not complain about his cellmate, but his defense drew attention to the gross violation of Article 33 of the law on custody. The head of the Moscow PMC added that the pre-trial detention center was not overcrowded, and the prisoners could be distributed into cells in accordance with the crimes incriminated to them. Melnikov recalled the incident of 2017, when a former high-ranking employee of Roscosmos, Vladimir Evdokimov, died after he was in the same cell of the Vodnik SIZO with those accused of drug trafficking. Then the Prosecutor's Office made a submission to the FSIN Directorate in Moscow demanding “to take comprehensive measures to prevent such violations of the law from now on, as well as to bring the guilty officials to strict disciplinary responsibility.”
As a result of the given situation, human rights activists appealed to the leadership of the FSIN, which launched a probe in respect of Butyrka. Such violations could have been repetitive, and it is also not excluded that those accused of serious crimes could be used to exert pressure on persons under investigation in economic crimes, therefore the PMC is preparing an appeal to the Moscow Prosecutor’s Office.