Members of the Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights visited the Saratov Regional Tuberculosis Hospital of the Federal Penitentiary Service (OTB-1), where the convicts told them about the torture and abuse by the administration. About it writes “Interfax” citing a member of the HRC Andrey Babushkin.
“We interviewed several dozen people both in the conditions of the detachments and at a personal reception. People told about numerous cases of torture and bullying. Basically, this was done with two goals: first, in order to break the will of people and make them obey, the administration did all this with the hands of convicts. The second is to extort money, ”Babushkin explained.
In early October, the Gulagu.net project reportedthat he had more than 40 GB of video, documents and photos at his disposal. These files testify to cases of mass torture in Russian penitentiary institutions. The inmates were raped and beaten, and they extorted money and information using torture. 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, waswanted. November 10, the prosecutor’s office of the Saratov region stopped proceedings in a criminal case on disclosure of classified information, initiated against Savelyev.