Yaroslavl court detains ninth defendant in notorious prison torture case
MOSCOW, August 2 (RAPSI) – The Zavolshzky District Court of Yaroslavl has detained junior supervision inspector Aleksey Andreyev as part of a criminal case over notorious beating and torture of an inmate, the press-service of the court has stated.
The defendant will stay in detention until September 20.
Earlier, the court also put under house arrest deputy head of the correctional department of the Yaroslavl Penal Colony One Ivan Kalashnikov as well as six other defendants in the case over an abuse of office involving use of violence. This crime may be punished by a prison term of up to 10 years.
In July, Novaya Gazeta newspaper published a video showing an inmate being tortured by some persons wearing grey camouflage uniforms. Later, it was revealed that the victim in the video had been identified as Yevgeny Makarov, who is serving his term in the Yaroslavl penal colony. The video was filmed by one of the staff members according to lawyers representing Makarov.
Irina Biryukova, the inmate’s attorney, who handed the footage to the media, has asked the Federal Chamber of Attorneys to ensure her safety because of threats from the prison staff. She also announced that she was leaving Russia.
The Chairman of the Presidential Council for Human Rights Mikhail Fedotov visited the penal colony on July 23. The Council filed its reports to the Investigative Committee and the General Prosecutor’s Office.