The Main Directorate of the Investigative Committee for the Krasnoyarsk Territory and the Republic of Khakassia is conducting an investigation into the death of 21-year-old Leonid Zelenko, who was found hanged in a cell in 2018, in the Single Room of a Cell Type No. 31. This is stated in the response of the GU SK to the request of the “Committee for Civil Rights”, the document is at the disposal of The Insider. Check started after articles about torture in this EPCT.
“Since 12/05/2018, the Investigation Department for the Sovetsky District of the city of Krasnoyarsk of the Main Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation of the Krasnoyarsk Territory and the Republic of Khakassia conducted a procedural check on the discovery of the corpse of the convict L. Yu. Zelenko in cell No. with signs of self-hanging. According to the results of the audit on December 17, 2018, the senior investigator of the Investigation Department for the Sovetsky District of the city of Krasnoyarsk, M.I.Denezhkin. a decision was made to refuse to initiate a criminal case on the basis of paragraph 1 of part 1 of article 24 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Russian Federation due to the absence of events of crimes under Art. Art. 110 h. 1, art. 285 h. 1 and art. 286, item “a” part 3, article 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. On October 21, 2021, the Deputy Prosecutor of the Sovetsky District of Krasnoyarsk canceled this decision due to the incompleteness of the inspection. Since 11/09/2021, an additional check is being carried out, in connection with which it is not possible to provide a copy of the procedural decision, ”the IC said in its response.
Earlier, Zelenko’s former cellmates told The Insider that he was killed. “Islam was killed first [Магомадова — еще один заключенный, погибший в ЕПКТ], and then Lenya. In 2018, he was taken from IK-17 to EPKT-31 and, as far as we know, he was strangled there, ”one of Zelenko’s acquaintances told The Insider.
The inmates tried to find out about Zelenko from the administration of the colony, they were told that he had committed suicide. “I knew him personally. I was with him at IK-17. – stated another interlocutor of The Insider. – According to the administration, he strangled himself. I think this man was not capable of suicide, was not disposed. I assume he was killed and presented as if he had committed suicide. “
The Insider and the Committee for Civil Rights have previously sent official inquiries to the Main Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service for the Krasnoyarsk Territory, asking for information about the circumstances of Zelenko’s death and whether there were any checks on the fact of death. In the previous reply of the GUFSIN it was said that “the arguments about the violent death of the prisoner set out in this appeal are not substantiated and do not correspond to reality”.
Former prisoners told The Insider earlier that the colony officers told them in plain text about the murder of Islam Magomadov and Leonid Zelenko, threatening that they might end the same. “On June 13, 2019, Deputy Head of IK for BiOR Slepov A.Yu. threatened me that he would transfer to the PKT for three months, and if I do not stop the hunger strike, then on June 20, 2019 I will be sent to the EPCT IK-31, where they will be found hanged, like Zelenko and Magomadov, “one of the convicts wrote in a complaint about the actions colony employees.
Former chairman of the POC of the Krasnoyarsk Territory Valery Slepukha told The Insider that if a prisoner in the EPCT dies during torture, he is already dead taken from there to a prison hospital, official documents are forged and a different cause of death is indicated. “We had a case of one Tuvan. All the witnesses told us that they were already taking him out dead, that he was even covered with a sheet. And according to official documents, it turned out that he entered the KTB and died there, he was diagnosed with some incomprehensible diagnosis, ” he recalls. – Once the records of one doctor, who headed the medical unit of the GUFSIN in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, leaked into the network. He says there: “We are given instructions and we write heart failure in 23-year-old boys.” He made it clear that in fact they have to write this, hide it. Then this business calmed down, he retired. “
A single chamber-type room is located in the Krasnoyarsk village of Industrialny on the territory of colony No. 31. Convicts who have violated the terms of the order are brought there from all over the Krasnoyarsk Territory. Up to 200 people get there annually. Almost all of them are tortured. Lawyers are reluctant to let in here, prisoners are kept in the basement after torture for weeks until traces pass, they are hidden from checks. Before the rare visits of lawyers and human rights activists, they are intimidated not to tell anything. The insider talked with former prisoners who visited EPCT-31 between 2017 and 2020.
After the article was published, the Main Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service for the Krasnoyarsk Territory reported on the beginning of a service check at EKPT-31. Also, the heroes of the material were interviewed by the prosecutor’s office as part of the check.