President Putin dismissed Alexander Kalashnikov from the post of head of the Federal Penitentiary Service. Relevant decree posted on the Kremlin website.
The reasons for Kalashnikov’s resignation are not specified in the decree.
For the post of head of the Federal Penitentiary Service appointed Arkady Gostev. Previously, he served as deputy head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Let us remind you that a major scandal erupted in the Federal Penitentiary Service in the fall. In early October, the human rights project Gulagu.net reportedthat he had more than 40 GB of videos, documents and photos at his disposal, which testify to cases of mass torture in Russian penitentiary institutions.
The inmates were raped and beaten, and they extorted money and information using torture. The project manager, Vladimir Osechkin, said that he received a video from a former prisoner-programmer, Sergei, who “was beaten and tortured himself, and then they decided to use it as a professional.”
After publications in the media, the IC department for the Saratov region excited a criminal case under the article on violent acts of a sexual nature committed by a group of persons by prior conspiracy. Head of the Saratov Federal Penitentiary Service resigned.
Programmer Sergei Savelyev, who handed over a video archive of torture of prisoners to human rights defenders, was wanted. November 10, the prosecutor’s office of the Saratov region stopped proceedings in a criminal case on disclosure of classified information, initiated against Savelyev.