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, 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.
In mid-November, Vladimir Osechkin was again put on the wanted list. The human rights activist said that more than 10 documents in one of the cases brought against him were signed personally by the Deputy Head of the Main Operational Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service, Anton Efarkin, who was one of the objects of investigation by Gulagu.net. Earlier, the director of the Federal Penitentiary Service sent Efarkin to the post of Acting Head of the Federal Penitentiary Service for the Saratov Region.
“We understand that the special services sent to Saratov ‘to resolve the issue’ and to conceal the topic of torture of the one who was involved in the Krasnoyarsk torture conveyor (about this in 2022) and in the falsification of some ordered cases against us,” Osechkin wrote.
Early November Facebook deleted Osechkin’s account. The human rights activist attributes this to the actions of the Russian special services. According to Osechkin, on the afternoon of November 1, the first part of the film “Savelyev’s List” was published on his social network page, and in the evening of the same day an eight-minute video report was published on the interim results of the work on the progress of the independent investigation of Gulagu.net and international journalists.