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Brief Expert Assessment of the Incident at IK-6

posted 10 Dec 2012, 06:18 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 10 Dec 2012, 06:19 ]
1 December 2012

By Nikolai Shchur, 
Director of the Urals Democratic Foundation, Director of the Chelyabinsk Oblast Public Oversight Commission working group 

To the Governor of Chelyabinsk Oblast 
Mr M.V. Yurevich 

The situation at IK-6 did not begin on 24 November or even this year, but much earlier: a system of extorting money out of prisoners' relatives was established in the institutions of the Chelyabinsk Main Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service before V.S. Zhidkov's tenure. Under Zhidkov the system became universal, and under General V.N. Turbanov it was taken to extremes. Moreover, under Zhidkov prisoners began to be beaten severely and frequently with or without cause. Under General Turbanov the foremost reason for the beatings was the prisoners' resistance to the system of extorting money from themselves and especially from their families. The situation as it stands today is such that an uprising could break out at any of Chelyabinsk's colonies at any moment. The fact a protest took place at IK-6 and not at another facility is due to the fact that the management at IK-6 is the least professional and most openly malicious towards those in their charge, constantly increasing the size of kickbacks demanded from prisoners. [Read more]