PThe press secretary of the president said that Alexander Kalashnikov himself asked for his resignation. At the same time, according to Peskov, there are “problems” in the correctional system
The head of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) Alexander Kalashnikov himself asked to leave the post. This was stated by the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, writes TASS.
“I didn’t want to establish any direct connection. It was a personal appeal of the head of the FSIN, Peskov told reporters, answering the question whether Kalashnikov’s dismissal was connected with the publication of videos of torture of prisoners in the Saratov region.
Putin dismissed Kalashnikov on November 25, Colonel-General Arkady Gostev, previously Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Russia, was appointed the new head of the FSIN.
Peskov admitted that there really are problems in the correctional system. “Verification and investigative actions are being carried out by the relevant services. The FSIN is also dealing with this, the prosecutor’s office is dealing with it,”Interfax quotes the words of a Kremlin representative.
In October of this year, a human rights project Gulagu.net he released a video with the torture of prisoners in the Saratov regional tuberculosis hospital of the Federal Penitentiary Service. The website of the human rights center has been blocked since July by Roskomnadzor based on the decision of the Moscow City Court.
Founder Gulagu.net Vladimir Osechkin then said that he had a 40 GB archive of the Federal Penitentiary Service, in which about 1 thousand video files and documents. Osechkin claimed that the torture was recorded on 24 videos, they were carried out by other prisoners who collaborated with the administration of the colony. Torture was used in order to obtain the necessary testimony, to persuade to cooperate with employees of the Federal Penitentiary Service, for extortion or by order of third parties.
The recordings were handed over to human rights defenders by a former prisoner, programmer Sergey Savelyev, who collaborated with the administration of the colony. The Ministry of Internal Affairs has put Savelyev on the federal wanted list on suspicion of unlawful access to computer information. Saveliev left Russia.
On November 10, the Federal Penitentiary Service announced the dismissal of 18 employees of the Saratov department of the service, before that, the department conducted internal inspections initiated after the publication of the torture video.
After the publication, the Prosecutor General’s Office also began checking, and the Investigative Committee opened seven criminal cases on the facts of the use of violence against convicts.
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