Prisoners of Yekaterinburg correctional camp cut themselves in protest
Open Day provoked riots in one of the colonies of Yekaterinburg.
Relatives of prisoners from the correctional camp No. 2 (IK-2) in Yekaterinburg have reported a riot. According to them, more than 200 prisoners had cut themselves.
On September 7, it was planned to hold an Open Day in this colony, which was to be attended by Tatyana Merzlyakova, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Sverdlovsk region.
One of the versions is that prisoners wanted to draw the Ombudswoman's attention to their problems. A source said that some of the people had cut their veins, and others had cut their throats. In addition, media reported that the protest was directed against the camp administration.
“They say they beat and bully them,” the wife of one of the convicts said. She also said that when her husband was telling her about the riots by phone, the connection was unexpectedly lost, and he could not finish.
Press Service of the Federal Penitentiary Service in the Sverdlovsk region reported that several people in the correctional camp No. 2 had scratched their hands and doctors treated their wounds. Representatives of the service assure that the number of injured convicts voiced by relatives does not correspond to reality.
“Our specialists are working with them, establishing the reasons, their requirements, and so on. Riots are out of question. The establishment operates in regular mode,” Federal Penitentiary Service representative said.