Human rights project Gulagu.net published video from the archive of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in the Omsk region. According to human rights activists, these shots are direct evidence of how the FSIN officers, together with prisoners from among the “agents”, that is, those who cooperate with the leadership of the colony, “totally suppress the will of the prisoners.” The video is commented by the founder of Gulagu.net Vladimir Osechkin.
The first video shows how six quarantined prisoners are forced to sit on a wooden bedside table and learn the rules of the internal order. At the same time, under the threat of beating or rape, they are strictly forbidden to talk to each other or get up from this bedside table for several hours. Some convicts get so tired that the PVR practically falls out of their hands.
In addition, prisoners are required to stand at attention if the main “agents” or, as Osechkin calls them, “capos” or employees of the administration of the FSIN institution enter the premises. Such a routine in the Omsk colony continues from day to day and applies not only to convicts who have been there for a long time, but also to newcomers.
At the same time, representatives of Gulagu.net note that “neither in the penitentiary complex of the Russian Federation, nor in the TAC for correctional colonies there are any prohibitions on communication between convicts with each other, there is no obligation anywhere from morning to evening to sit in the same place”, reminiscent of remnants totalitarian methods of punishment.
According to the stories of former convicts, in the same Omsk colony, out of 1,000 convicts, more than 50% were subjected to torture and sophisticated rape for “disobedience.” However, human rights activists note that they do not indicate the exact number of the institution of the Federal Penitentiary Service in the Omsk region, since “the video recording system of the Omsk Federal Penitentiary Service is a mess and it is difficult to establish the belonging of some surveillance cameras to a particular institution.” Gulagu.net notes that the project intends (including through this publication) to identify the institution number.
“We call on the Russian authorities to stop the monstrous experiment on convicts in the institutions of the Federal Penitentiary Service in the Omsk Region, to abolish this totalitarian and illegal system of will suppression, to stop the use of torture and rape, and we insist on an official investigation into the sadists from the Federal Penitentiary Service in the Omsk Region, and in relation to unscrupulous prosecutors who, instead of supervising the observance of the rights of convicts, were engaged in personal enrichment and receiving valuable gifts and bribes from employees of the Federal Penitentiary Service,” says on the Gulagu.net website.