Investigative Committee initiates case on torture of prisoners after Russia's defeat at 2018 World Cup

Investigative Committee initiates case on torture of prisoners after Russia's defeat at 2018 World Cup
Two prisoners of the colony reported on the torture

The investigation is being conducted against unidentified employees of Transbaikal IK-5.

The Investigative Committee of Russia initiated a case on beating prisoners in the correctional colony No. 5 of the Trans-Baikal Territory. As The CrimeRussia had penned earlier, the incident occurred after the defeat of Russia in the clash v Croatia at the World Cup finals.

The case was initiated under items (a, b), part 3 of Article 286 of the Criminal Code (Exceeding Official Powers with the use of violence and special means), lawyer Anastasia Kopteeva, the human rights defender of Zona Zakona, to whom injured prisoners Alexander Nokhrin and Evgeny Krieger appealed, told Mediazona.

Kopteeva clarified that the defendants have not yet been determined; the investigation is being conducted against unidentified employees of Transbaikal IK-5.

According to the decree dated July 8, officers of the Federal Penitentiary Service, when escorting convicts from one ward to another, "dealt multiple blows to convicted Nokhrin and Krieger with their hands, feet, and electric shock."

As The CrimeRussia had previously written, the staff of IK-5 tortured Nokhrin and several other convicts after the defeat of the Russian national team at the World Cup. The victims claimed that the guards were drunken, "and upset that Russia lost to Croatia."

Krieger, in turn, added that during the morning inspection he was handcuffed, and officers forcefully spread his legs. When he asked to put the slippers on, the head of the IK, said, "What are you looking at? Beat him!" The prisoner was tortured.

Lawyers recorded Nokhrin's bruises and traces of an electric shock at a meeting with the prisoners on July 11. The next day, human rights activists appealed to the ICR.

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