Federal Penitentiary Service recognizes violations in Kresty-2 

Federal Penitentiary Service recognizes violations in Kresty-2
‘Activists’ of the Federal Penitentiary Service Directorate

The Federal Penitentiary Service’s central office has revealed a “number of violations” at the pre-trial detention center; two employees have already been suspended from work.

The Federal Penitentiary Service’s central office has checked the information about prisoner tortures at the Kresty-2 pre-trial detention center in St. Petersburg. According to the Service’s Deputy Head Valery Maksimenko, it is suspected that the staff of the pre-trial detention center could be engaged in the “correctional education” of inconvenient prisoners by housing them with other prisoners. “They either beat their cellmates, or, as in this case, they are housed with headbreakers,” Maksimenko said. At the same time, there is no record as to where prisoners were moved.

“I have a feeling that our employees may have to do with it. After all, a cellmate cannot just switch cells with someone,” the Federal Penitentiary Service head said. 

According to him, the Federal Penitentiary Service’s central office has revealed a “number of violations” at the pre-trial detention center; two employees have already been suspended from work.  Maksimenko also reported that the pre-trial detention center does not have a video archive. According to him, the check will take a couple of days. 

To recall, authors of the project Gulagu.net have exposed sweatboxes at the Kresty-2 pre-trial detention center. In the so-called sweatboxes, activists’ torture prisoners. On the instructions of investigators, the ‘activists’ torture and beat prisoners, force them to give false testimonies, refuse claims, and extort money. Up to 8 people are taken to the torture rooms every day. Everything that happens is recorded on video and then transferred to investigators in the form of a report.

According to Gulagu.net, the sweatboxes act on the instructions of Deputy Head of the pre-trial detention center, Nikita Ilyin, and its Head, Vladimir Ivlev, under the control of Head of the Main Operations Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation, Evgeny Gnedov, and First Deputy Director of the penitentiary service, Anatoly Rudy.

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