Place in colony where Tsepovyaz ate barbecue and crab meat identified
The convict had a feast in the apiary in the territory of the correctional facility №3 in Amur region. He was supplied with food by a 27-year-old citizen of Blagoveshchensk Aleksander Ulanov.
Viacheslav Tsepovyaz convicted in the Tsapki gang case had a feast with delicacies in the territory of the apiary of the correctional facility №3 in Amur region, a representative of the Prosecutor-General’s Office Aleksander Kurennoy told in an interview with REN TV.
In Kurennoy’s words, Tsepovyaz had a right to be in the apiary because he was considered its employee. The other convicts who were there with him were not allowed to be in this territory. Moreover, the inmates violated a ban related to food preparation in the colony, the representative of the Prosecutor-General’s Office said.
The place where the inmate had a rest was identified thanks to the pictures posted on the web. One of them shows a tower-like metal work behind Tsepovyaz’s back. The employees of the Prosecution Service took another picture of this construction from the colony’s territory. Kurennoy added that the employees of the Federal Service for Corrections in Amur region who were interrogated continued to deny the fact that the delicacies had been prepared in the colony.
REN TV also established identity of a person who handed on food to Tsepovyaz in the colony. He turned out to be a 27-year-old citizen of Blagoveshchensk Aleksander Ulanov. The Investigative Committee had earlier reported that the identity of a person who handed on food to Tsepovyaz was established, however he was not named.
The man said to the TV-channel that he had brought caviar to the convict. He noted that it was allowed by the prison regulations. He also said that in certain circumstances, the inmates can receive other delicacies.
“Sometimes, the inmates are visited by their relatives. And they an bring crab meat or whatever. They are allowed to eat there, and if something remains, they can take it to the barracks where they live. In other words, this is the way it came to the colony.” Ulanov said.
It is noted that the man agreed to tell this story to the TV-channel for money. With that, he contacted the journalists with the help of his assistant, as soon as he learned he was being sought for.
Tsepovyaz’s ex-wife had earlier reported that it took about 3 million rubles($44.4 thousand) per year to support her ex-husband in the colony. The convict stated that some of the photos with the delicacies were faked, other were taken during the colony’s doors open day.
Viacheslav Tsepovyaz was convicted in a Tsapki gang case in 2013. He was sentenced to 19 years and 10 months of imprisonment. Tsapki (the gang’s name after its leader Sergey Tsapok) operated in a stanitsa of Kushchevskaya in Krasnodar region from 1998 to 2010. The gang’s members were arrested following a murder of 12 persons including children in a house of a farmer Server Ametov.
Every big Russian city has ‘untouchable' people who are beyond the reach of the law enforcement authorities – generals, judges, mayors, etc. Despite overwhelming evidence sufficient to prosecute them, such persons cannot be busted without authorization from the federal center. There is also another type of corrupt officials: their deeds are well-known – but these people are so generous, hospitable, and understanding that no one is willing to arrest them.