FSIN sends special commission to Yaroslavl colony after video with torture
Also, human rights commissioner Tatiana Moskalkova is supervising the situation.
The head of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN), Gennady Kornienko, ordered to send an inspection commission to Yaroslavl's penal colony IK-1 to check the information on the torture of the prisoners. Tatyana Moskalkova, the Russian human rights commissioner, told TASS about this.
According to her, she contacted Kornienko, and he confirmed the departure of the special commission. Also, Moskalkova said that the head of the FSIN Directorate for the Yaroslavl Region told her that he had transferred all the materials of the official check to the Investigative Committee.
“He promised that he would personally deal [with the perpetrators], regardless of, as he put it, [their] merits and regalia,” said Moskalkova.
Commenting on the incident, the commissioner stated that the actions of the colony's employees are unacceptable. She recalled that last year the head of this colony, Alexander Chirva, was fired after a scandal about torture and beating several prisoners, the information of which became know to the media.
It is to be recalled that on Friday morning, Novaya Gazeta published a video on which about ten employees of the Yaroslavl colony IK-1 beat prisoner Yevgeny Makarov.
On the video, shot by the DVR, which the colony employees must have on the uniforms according to the law, it is seen that a person is being ‘crucified’ on the table face down, beaten with rubber truncheons over the shins and heels, and when he loses consciousness, poured water on the head from a bucket. Then, the person was undressed, put on the floor on his knees and beaten.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.