Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Video of torture in Yaroslavl prison, Novaya Gazeta newspaper reports


The newspaper Novaya Gazeta released today a new video of torture against two detainees on prisons of Yaroslavl, noting that “These disgusting videos, which we are publishing today, may be an additional occasion for investigators and the court to consider the responsibilities of the leadership of both the prisons and the local prison service. Russia».

The recordings of these heinous scenes, which are posted with the indication that they are for ages 18+, were made in 2016 and a prisoner, according to the newspaper article, died a few days after the torture in the hospital of the city of Rybinsk.

In the first video the prisoner Andrei Ivanov he is brutally beaten with a club after the prison officials have placed him on a table. Before the torture begins, the detainee addresses the prison officials, tells them “God will punish you.” According to him, he was beaten because he fought with his inmates because they threw the Koran on the floor, which is sacred to Muslims.

In the second video Prison officials beat the detainee Votsorishvili vases, from Georgia because he refuses to sit with his knees bent, saying he can not sit in this position when he is heard by the prison officer telling him “Votsorishvili, has no counter-argument” and then all together they start beating him brutally. The prisoner died a few days later.

The torture that took place systematically in the Yaroslavl region prisons were revealed after the newspaper in July 2018 Novaya Gazeta posted a video of the detainee being beaten Yevgeny Ivanov. Following the publicity of the case, criminal proceedings were instituted and 14 people were arrested. Dozens of detainees were later found to have been tortured. The acting director of these prisons and his deputy were acquitted.

A further 11 defendants, former prison officials in the Yaroslavl IK-1 prison, were sentenced to 3 to 4 years and three months in prison. As 6 of the accused had been remanded in custody, and the time of their detention had been taken into account, they were released.

As the newspaper writes Novaya Gazeta, before the indictment was announced, several people had entered the courtroom, including the accuser, which could be a reason for the cancellation of the sentence and the re-examination of the case.

Criminal prosecution by the Commission of Inquiry

THE Commission of Inquiry (which is the analogue of the FBI) prosecuted under Article of the Russian Penal Code for abuse of power, following videos of torture in Yaroslavl prisons released by the newspaper today Novaya Gazeta.

“Investigative actions are being carried out with the aim of investigating all the circumstances under which they occurred as well as the persons involved in the commission of criminal acts”, The Investigative Committee told the newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

He made a similar statement to the Russian news agency TASS the Investigative Committee of the Yaroslavl region. “According to media reports about the beating of detainees in one of the prisons in the Yaroslavl region, the Yaroslavl Region Investigative Committee has been prosecuted under Article 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (on abuse of power)” referred to in the notice.

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