Investigative Committee initiates case over tortures in Yaroslavl jail
The case is initiated under Exceeding Official Powers.
The criminal case under Exceeding Official Powers (Article 286 of the Criminal Code) was initiated after the publication of a video of prisoner’s cruel torture in the Yaroslavl region colony, the Investigative Committee reported.
Recall that Novaya Gazeta published the video. As stated, more than a dozen FSIN officers beat prisoner Evgeny Makarov, the torture at IK-1 in the Yaroslavl region hit the footages.
Previously, the regional department of the Federal Penitentiary Service conducted the audit.
Commissioner for Human Rights in the Yaroslavl region Sergey Baburkin said that he would also check the incident. The Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation appealed to the Prosecutor General's Office with a demand to check the information on the incident, as well as the reason why the initiation of a case over torture was declined a year ago.
According to Makarov's lawyer Irina Biryukova, FSIN officers participating in atrocities were checked on a polygraph, but they did not betray themselves.
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.