Leadership of colony where Tsepovyaz serves term targeted in criminal case
This was reported by Alexander Kurennoy, a spokesperson for the General Prosecutor’s Office.
A criminal case has been opened on Exceeding Official Powers (part 1 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code) against the leadership of Amur correctional colony No. 3, where prisoner Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz, convicted for 20 years in the case of a massacre in the village of Kushchevskaya, is serving a sentence. This was announced by the official spokesperson for the Prosecutor General’s Office, Alexander Kurennoy.
In November, there were photos and videos in the media, in which Tsepovyaz eats crabs, shish kebab and red caviar in the colony, and poses with a cell phone banned in the institution.
“We have repeatedly checked colony number 3. Indeed, the fact that officials committed actions in the interests of Tsepovyaz was established,” said Kurennoy. He also stated that the Prosecutor’s Office had submitted to the Head of the FSIN Department for the Amur region a presentation on the elimination of violations of the law.
The press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service earlier claimed that a “psychological relief room” was captured in the video and photos of Tsepovyaz. Lawyer of Tsepovyaz Roman Bokov said that colonies "should have such a room." He added that while the inspection is underway, it is pointless to comment on the situation.
Earlier, the Prosecutor General’s Office found that every month, from 30 to 60 thousand rubles were spent on products for the prisoner. Products and phones for Tsepovyaz were bought by a local resident for the money of his relatives.
The Investigative Committee of Russia launched a criminal case on exceeding official powers against the colony staff. The Kremlin called the situation with the "beautiful life" of Trespovyaz disgusting. The convict himself claimed that the photos were falsified, and it was his ex-wife Natalya Strishnyaya, with whom he shares property, that was involved in their publication.
The Investigations Directorate in the Leningrad Region of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (ICR) is going through turbulent times. After an unexpected replacement of the supreme command, the winds of change started blowing. Colonel of justice Pavel Vymenets, the new acting head of the agency, launched personnel reshuffles. According to sources, all means are used to purge the ranks from corrupt officers, including collection of compromising materials and denunciations.