29 December 2012
from Chelyabinsk Public Oversight Commission group of observers led by Nikolai Shchur (D.A. Latypova, V.Yu Prikhodkina, N.A. Shchur, T.M. Shchur)
These are Russian-language video recordings of testimony by victims of torture at Penal Colony No. 6 (ИК-6) at Kopeisk in Chelyabinsk region. All the recordings were obtained with the written consent of the prisoners themselves. Those giving testimony have also given their consent to the recordings being posted on the Internet and to be used by journalists to further the protection of human rights.
The recordings were part of the evidence collected during an inspection of Penal Colony No. 6 by a group of observers of the Public Oversight Commission for Chelyabinsk region, consisting of Nikolai Shchur, Tatyana Shchur, Dina Latypova, and Valeriya Prikhodkina. The video recordings were officially passed to the Investigative Committee for Chelyabinsk region. Therefore, despite the fact that the head of the prison administration, Mr Mekhanov, has been effectively suspended from his position during the investigation into events at the Penal Colony (and the travel restrictions that have been placed on him in practice free his hands to destroy evidence and put pressure on the witnesses). But this evidence cannot be destroyed. It is enough for any user of the Internet to search for Mekhanov (Механов), Kopeisk (Копейск), Penal Colony No. 6 (ИК-6), Zyakhor (Зяхор), Shchegol (Щеголь), Akhmatnurov (Ахматнуров) or Turbanov (Турбанов) and they can find out about the practice of torture that has taken place under Mekhanov’s supervision. You can also search on the Internet for us – Nikolai Shchur (Николай Щур), Public Overisght Commission (ОНК), Dina Latypova (Дина Латыпова), Tatyana Shchur (Татьяна Щур) and Valeriya Prikhodkina (Валерия Приходкина).
The three links below are the first evidence of torture at Penal Colony No. 6 to be posted on the Internet:
The link below is the evidence of Dmitry Gordeev about the Discipline and Order Sections that exist in prisons today. Officially they have been abolished but they continue to exist illegally. Dmitry tells how newly arrived prisoners become members of these Sections and what happens to them and how they try to escape from them. Dmitry experienced humiliation and threats, he was forced to do the dirtiest work in the underground workshop for the recycling of plastic from medical sources where with bare hands he sorted out bloody syringes and drips brought in sacks to Penal Colony No. 6, and cleaned copper wire – also with bare hands. He bears the scars on his hands to this day. And there were threats, and months in punishment cells… …
Below is the evidence of Mr Kuznetsov, a prisoner at Penal Colony No.6 at Kopeisk in Chelyabinsk region, about torture using electric shocks, recorded at his request and posted on the Internet with his permission. The home-made instrument that has the unofficial name of the 'telegraph' is used by prison officers. These are the kinds of physics lesson taught at Penal Colony No. 6.
Below is the testimony of Mr Leont'ev, a prisoner at Penal Colony No. 6, Kopeisk, Chelyabinsk region, about torture using the iron grid in the medical room of the punishment cells, recorded at his request and posted on the Internet with his permission. Mr Leont'ev describes in detail how this instrument of torture was used, providing almost a handbook for would-be torturers - and investigators. And for the pleasure of General Turbanov. Mr Leont'ev tells about the participation in his torture by a prisoner named Kolodkin (nicknamed Koloda). Kolodkin twisted a stick around the fingers of Leont'ev with pencils set between his fingers. It should be noted that the Russian letter И in the abbreviation ИК stands for ' исправительная' - ' correctional'.
Below is the evidence of Mr Yanushkin about his torture using the iron grid in the medical room. He tells how he was forced to walk outside in a wet dressing gown in December and how he was tortured in a straight-jacket after being tortured using the 'grid'.
Below is a recording of testimony by a prisoner, Mr Kalinenkov, about how what happens to new prisoners when they arrive at Penal Colony No. 6 in Kopeisk. Their heads are put in the toilet.
Below is the testimony of a prisoner, Mr Sudorgin, about beatings in the corridor of the punishment cells in May 2012. They went through the cells in turn, beating the prisoners, pushing them out into the corridor and pouring water over them. Mr Sudorgin was also tortured using the iron grid in the medical room of the punishment cells.
Below is the testimony of Sergei Danilov about torture using the iron grid in the medical rooms of the punishment cells at Penal Colony No. 6. In addition, a metal corner-plate was used in such a way that the prisoner was forced to put his feet to increase the pain. Here, the prisoner had a choice: either stand on the sharp edge of the metal, which cuts into one's heel, or to hang, like a crucifix.
In the part of his testimony recorded below, Sergei Danilov relates how, at Penal Colony No. 6, prisoners were forced to sign statements agreeing to collaborate with the prison authorities.
In the first part of his testimony, recorded below, a prisoner, Mr Leonov, talks about being tortured all night while tied to the iron grid in the medical room.
In the second part of his testimony, recorded below, Mr Leonov describes how he was tortured with electric shocks.
In the recording below, Mr Makeev, a prisoner at Penal Colony No. 6, describes how he was tortured while tied to the iron grid in the medical room. He was tortured using electric shocks.
Below is the testimony of a prisoner Mr Makeev about torture with electric shock. He tells how prisoners at Penal Colony No. 6 were forced to sign statements saying that they were 'gays' so that they could later be blackmailed using these admissions. Prisoners called this 'signing up for the harem'.