Prosecutor's Office checks VIP cells in Moscow pre-trial detention center

Prosecutor's Office checks VIP cells in Moscow pre-trial detention center

According to the reports, prisoners pay huge sums of money for the elite cells.

The Moscow Prosecutor's Office initiated a check of the reports on violations of legislation on the detention of suspects and accused in crimes in the Matrosskaya Tishina pre-trial detention center (SIZO). This was reported on the official website of the Prosecutor's Office of Moscow.

"In connection with the dissemination of information about possible violations of the law, the Moscow City Prosecutor's Office has conducted an audit of compliance with the requirements of the Federal Law On the Detention of Suspects and Accused of Committing Crimes in SIZO-1 of the UFSIN of Russia in Moscow," the Agency stated.

During the audit, the supervisory authorities plan to study the information that was published in the media, as well as give an estimate of the officials’ actions legality. In the event that violations are found, the measures of the prosecutor's response will be immediately taken.

Recall, December 13 Moskovsky Komsomolets published an article in which deputy head of the capital's Public Monitoring Commission (PMC) Eva Merkacheva said that ‘fixer  Dionisy Zolotov (Denis Tumarkin), accused of embezzlement, is held in an elite cell. His camera is huge, with two beds, own refrigerator with delicacies, large widescreen TV and other household amenities. This article caused public outcry.

As the journalist learned, places in such cameras are sold for about 1 million rubles ($17.000). Such a person under investigation, according to Merkacheva, is allowed to use mobile phones and communicate with other prisoners, which is prohibited by procedural norms. At the same time, in the neighborhood there are dirty and overcrowded cells with ordinary prisoners. In such cells there are "many sick" who infect their neighbors. For example, in July, ex-head of the Ogni Moskvy bank Denis Morozov died in Matrosskaya Tishina. While in jail, he contracted hepatitis and tuberculosis. The banker had a blood clotting disease that caused death.

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