The investigating authorities opened 20 criminal cases on the facts of torture in a tuberculosis hospital in the Saratov region. This is stated in a letter from Deputy Prosecutor General Nikolai Vinnichenko, which was published by State Duma deputy Andrei Alshevsky in his Telegram channel.
“The investigating authorities of the Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Saratov Region initiated 20 criminal cases on the facts of illegal actions against convicts on the territory of correctional institutions. The reason was both video materials posted on Internet resources and materials from prosecutorial inspections based on the results of consideration of the appeals of convicts, ”the document says.
As follows from the letter, 14 criminal cases were initiated under the article on rape (Article 132 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). Three cases were initiated under the article on abuse of power (Article 286 of the Criminal Code), two – on the disorganization of the activities of institutions that ensure isolation from society (Article 321 of the Criminal Code) and one – for negligence (Article 293 of the Criminal Code). The subject of the investigation are 17 facts of criminal activity on the territory of the prison hospital, three more – on the territory of IK-13 in the Saratov region.
Subsequently, six criminal cases (on 12 episodes, of which 10 were rapes and two were abuse of authority) were transferred to the central office of the Investigative Committee.
In early October, the Gulagu.net project uploaded over 40 gigabytes of violence, including sexual violence, against prisoners in a prison hospital in the Saratov region. Soon, the resource reported receiving videos of torture in four more colonies. The archive was provided to the human rights activists by Belarusian Sergey Saveliev, who served time in the Saratov region and serviced cameras and video recorders in OTB-1.
On December 23, during the annual press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the Investigative Committee was investigating 17 criminal cases of torture of prisoners in places of detention, more than ten people were fired, including Alexander Kalashnikov, director of the Federal Penitentiary Service, was removed from his post. The head of the ICR, Alexander Bastrykin, said that six people were prosecuted in the case of torture in the Saratov prison hospital.
In December, a draft law on tougher punishment for torturing prisoners was submitted to the State Duma for consideration. Secretary of the General Council of the United Russia party Andrey Turchak said that the document would be adopted this spring.