Putin fires Russian jail chief after torture scandal


MOSCOW:

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday fired the pinnacle of Russia’s jail service, weeks after the emergence of leaked movies that appeared to point out prisoners being tortured and sexually assaulted.

Alexander Kalashnikov was dismissed with fast impact, in response to a terse decree revealed on the Kremlin’s web site. Arkady Gostev, a deputy inside minister, was appointed as his substitute.

The Kremlin didn’t give a purpose for Kalashnikov’s removing as head of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN). But the move comes after FSIN final month fired 5 senior jail officers and opened a slew of legal investigations into incidents at a jail within the Saratov area.

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The authorities acted after a prisoner rights group, Gulagu.internet, started publishing what it mentioned was graphic video proof of orchestrated sadism on the jail, situated round 700 km (450 miles) southeast of Moscow.

The jailing of opposition politician Alexei Navalny, which drew condemnation from Western governments, has additionally prompted elevated scrutiny of situations within the jail system.

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Six former inmates and a former prisons inspector informed Reuters earlier this yr of standard beatings and sexual assaults on the penal colony east of Moscow the place Navalny started a two-and-a-half yr sentence in March.

The Kremlin declines to reply questions on Navalny’s therapy in jail, saying that could be a matter for FSIN.

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