Instead of prosecutor, head of colony apologized to Dadin
The activist who had been released by the Supreme Court has received a letter with an apology from the head of the Altai colony. However, according to the law, it is the prosecutor who has to apologize to the illegally convicted person on behalf of the Russian Federation.
Head of the Altai penal colony No. 5 Ivan Lamtyugin has officially apologized to activist Ildar Dadin, who was released in February 2017 by the decision of the Supreme Court.
"We are officially apologizing to you on behalf of the Russian Federation," says the document entitled "On the direction of an apology," which Dadin's wife, Anastasia Zotova, posted on her Twitter page.
Having canceled the verdict handed down to Dadin in 2015, the Presidium of the Supreme Court recognized his right to rehabilitation, including compensation for property damage, removal of the consequences of moral harm and restoration in labor, pension, housing and other rights.
At that, according to the Criminal Procedure Code, an official apology to the rehabilitated on behalf of the state should be made by a prosecutor.
In a conversation with an RBC correspondent, Anastasia Zotova said that she considers the apologies made by the head of the IK-5 of the UFSIN insufficient.
"I think the best excuse would be to prosecute people, the FSIN employees, who use illegal violence and torture against prisoners. Because you can apologize once or 500 times, but people are still being beaten – we regularly receive complaints about this," said Zotova.
Ildar Dadin is the first convict in Russia under the article 212.1 introduced in the Russian Criminal Code in 2014. It provides for criminal liability for the repeated violation of the order of holding rallies. He was sentenced to three years in prison. In February 2017, the Supreme Court quashed the verdict and released Dadin.
While in prison, Dadin talked about systematic torture and beatings in the Karelian colony No. 7. He complained of torture, numerous beatings and threats of rape. The FSIN and the Investigative Committee found no violations during the inspections.
At the end of March 2017, the cohabiting partner of Yevgenia Chudnovets published on his Facebook page the official apology from the prosecutor of the Kataisky District of the Kurgan Region Denis Popov. Chudnovets was convicted for six months in a colony for a repost of a video where children in the children's camps mocked a boy; then, a higher court exculpated her.
"In accordance with the requirements of Art. 136 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Russian Federation, on behalf of the state I make to you an official apology in connection with unreasonable criminal prosecution," the document said.
Oleg Zaytsev had wide connections within the criminal world and law enforcement agencies. This is being related to an organized crime group headed by Ruslan Kilievich that had allegedly been patronized by a former Federal Security Service Directorate officer Oleg Natalchenko. The crime group had also been a core driver for almost disbanding the criminal investigation department of the police.