Human Rights Ombudsmen doesn’t think something bad in kids’ murderer eating barbecue in colony

Human Rights Ombudsmen doesn’t think something bad in kids’ murderer eating barbecue in colony
Viacheslav Tsepovyaz

In Andrey Babushkin’s opinion, if an inmate “works decently at a factory” and carries out instructions of the colony’s administration, he may have a barbecue for meal.

Andrey Babushkin, a member of the Human Rights Council of the President of the Russian Federation, stated that “there’s nothing bad” in the fact that Viacheslav Tsepovyaz convicted of murders as a part of Tsapki gang has delicacies for meal, reports Interfax.

“If a man “works decently at a factory,” carries out instructions of the colony’s administration, and prepares for release, I can’t see anything bad in the fact he eats barbecues.” A prison is not necessarily suffering and oppression of a man; this is primarily a preparation for release.” Babushkin said. 

The pictures showing Tsepovyaz eating crab meat and barbecues emerged on the web in late October. The Main Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service in Amur region confirmed the pictures’ authenticity reporting that they had been taken in 2015. 

In early November, the Chairman of the Investigative Committee Aleksander Bastrykin delegated to carry out a check following the fact that a picture of Tsepovyaz emerged on the web, and give “a rigorous legal assessment” of actions of authorities of the prison who “were softening conditions for serving disciplinary prison terms of a man who had committed monstrous crimes against person.”

Soon after, it became known that Tsepovyaz was transferred to punitive confinement. In his lawyer’s words, the reasons for transferring are unknown, so far. The vice-chairman of the public monitoring commission in Moscow Eva Merkacheva reported that Tsepovyaz was also deprived of letters of acknowledgment he had earlier received from the colony’s authorities - he could have used them to file a release on parole request. 

In 2013, Tsepovyz was sentenced to 19 years and 10 months of imprisonment for participating in Tsapki gang that had been operating in a stanitsa (large Cossack village) of Kushchevskaya from 1998 till 2010. The gang had 19 killings including a mass murder of 12 persons in a house of a farmer Server Ametov. There was a 9-month child among the victims.

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