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18 guards dismissed over prison torute case in Russia

18:30, 10 November 2021
18 guards dismissed over prison torute case in Russia

The Russian department of the Federal Penitentiary Service dismissed almost two dozen employees after checking reports of inmates torture in the Saratov prison, head of the department Anton Efarkin told the Russian tv broadcasters. 


“Five criminal cases were initiated,18 staffers were dismissed for negative reasons and top disciplinary liability was imposed on 11 people,” Efarkin said.

Efarkin added that the investigation on sexual violence and abuse of authority are still ongoing.

In September, the Russian human rights resource Gulagu.net posted a video containing sexual acts of violence and tortures of convicts in the Russian prison.

According to Gulagu.net, this footage shows at least four episodes of torture and humiliation of prisoners, which allegedly took place in the Regional Tuberculosis Hospital (OTB) No.1 of the Federal Penitentiary Service in the Saratov region.

The video archive of shocking content was smuggled from the city of Saratov prison by a Belarus citizen Sergey Savelyev who served 7,5 years there for drug trafficking. He was asked to work as an IT specialist in prison and he managed to download the footage of tortures on a USB flash drive.

On October 23, The Russian police put Savelyev on the wanted list and accused him of disclosing secret information.