Leadership of colony where Tsepovyaz ate crabs accused of Exceeding Official Powers

Leadership of colony where Tsepovyaz ate crabs accused of Exceeding Official Powers
Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz

The Prosecutor's Office believes that Aleksandr Radykin and his deputy have unreasonably granted privileges to convicts.

Former Head of the colony No. 3 in the Amur region Aleksandr Radykin and his deputy are accused of Exceeding Official Powers (Art. 286 of the Russian Criminal Code) for granting privileges to the convicted member of the Kushchevskaya organized crime group, Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz. This was announced by Prosecutor General's Office Spokesperson Aleksandr Kurennoy. 

According to Kurennoy, the charges were brought back on July 10. Among other episodes in the case is the unlawful provision of additional meetings with relatives to three convicted men and the illegal admission of strangers to the colony. 

In the fall of 2018, the media published pictures of Tsepovyaz eating red caviar and crabs and making a barbecue. The pictures triggered a scandal. The Federal Penitentiary Service Directorate was forced to recognize their authenticity. Radykin was suspended. In February 2019, he was dismissed. Then it became known about a criminal case against the staff of the colony. 

Tsepovyaz would receive food worth 30-60 thousand rubles ($476-953), as well as clothes and cell phones from an intermediary from one to three times a month. Parcels were transmitted through the transmission window. 

In 2013, Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz was sentenced to 19 years and 10 months’ rigorous imprisonment. The court found him guilty of committing a number of grave and especially grave crimes as part of the Kushchevskaya OCG.

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