Investigators did not open a criminal case on the fact of the statement of the ex-head of the Serpukhov district of the Moscow region, Alexander Shestun, about the beating in the prison hospital in Torzhok. About it informs TASS with reference to the UK document.
The inspection at the request of Shestun did not reveal any violations on the part of employees of the FKLPU “Regional Hospital” of the Federal Penitentiary Service for the Tver Region – they refused to initiate a case under Part 3 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code (abuse of office with the use of violence).
This is the first official response of the Investigative Committee on the statement of the ex-official, said his wife Yulia Shestun. Shestun’s lawyer called what was happening “procedural ping-pong.” The Investigative Committee and the Prosecutor’s Office, refusing to initiate a case and then canceling it, “can throw over the material of verification to each other many, many times,” the defender said.
On the beating of Shestun, who is serving a sentence in a corruption case, became known in early July. He was beaten by two FSIN officers and the acting head of the medical unit of the prison hospital in Torzhok. Doctors recorded abrasions and bruises all over Shestun’s body. After that, the UK appointed an inspection on the complaint of the ex-official.
After the beating in the hospital, Shestun announced a dry hunger strike as a protest against his being transported for interrogation to pre-trial detention center No. 11 in Noginsk near Moscow. This, already the second hunger strike in recent years, is being held by the ex-official to this day. Earlier, on March 25, he started a hunger strike due to pressure from the leadership of the SIZO in Tver. Then Shestun was placed in a punishment cell because of complaints to members of the PMC about poor heating in the cell.
At the end of last year, the court sentenced Shestun to 15 years in a strict regime colony; he was also ordered to pay 49 million rubles in a civil suit. The ex-head of the Serpukhov region was found guilty of bribery, fraud, money laundering and illegal participation in business.
According to the investigation, in the position of head of the Serpukhov district from 2003 to 2018, Shestun, through proxies, directed the activities of 43 commercial organizations created by him. He allegedly used the proceeds from these firms to buy municipal plots at discounted prices.
Shestun himself denies charges of corruption, and considers his criminal prosecution to be political. Shortly before his arrest, three years ago, he recorded video message to President Vladimir Putin, where he spoke about the threats and pressure on him from the FSB in connection with the protests against garbage disposal at the Lesnaya solid waste landfill.