Russian court detains sixth defendants in prison torture case
MOSCOW, July 26 (RAPSI) – The Zavolzhsky District Court of the city of Yaroslavl detained Dmitry Solovyov, a junior inspector of the Yaroslavl Penal Colony One, suspected of involvement in torture of an inmate, over which a criminal case had been opened, the press-service of the court told RAPSI on Thursday.
According to a representative of the court, five suspects have been detained as part of an abuse of office involving use of violence case, which is being investigated by the main directorate of the Investigative Committee. The crime may be punished by a prison term of up to 10 years.
Earlier, Novaya Gazeta newspaper published a video showing an inmate being tortured by some persons wearing grey camouflage uniforms. Later, it was revealed that the victim in the video had been identified as Yevgeny Makarov, who is serving his term in the Yaroslavl penal colony. The video was filmed by one of the staff members according to lawyers representing Makarov.
Irina Biryukova, the inmate’s attorney, who handed the footage to the media, has asked the Federal Chamber of Attorneys to ensure her safety because of threats from the prison staff. She also announced that she was leaving Russia.
The Chairman of the Presidential Council for Human Rights Mikhail Fedotov visited the penal colony on July 23. The Council filed its reports to the Investigative Committee and the General Prosecutor’s Office.