Yevgeny Makarov, who spoke about torture in the Yaroslavl colony, died. The head of the colony in the case of torture was acquitted

Former prisoner Yevgeny Makarov, who was tortured in the Yaroslavl correctional colony No. 1, died of pneumonia, according to the Public Verdict Foundation. Makarov was 29 years old. Makarov's case was the first in a series of cases of torture in correctional facilities, the foundation said in a statement.

The torture became known after Makarov turned to the Public Verdict and spoke about what was happening in the Yaroslavl colony. On July 20, 2018, Novaya Gazeta published a video of torture, which was recorded in June 2017 using a video recorder, which every FSIN officer is required to wear. In the video, men in uniform hit Makarov in turn with clubs and fists on his legs. In addition, water was poured on his head from a bucket. After the video was published, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case, six people were arrested, and 17 employees of the Federal Penitentiary Service were suspended from work. Anatoly Rudy, deputy head of the Federal Penitentiary Service, then said that Makarov himself provoked the employees to beatings and torture, as he “permitted 136 violations in the colony.”

Mikhail Fedotov, chairman of the Council under the President of the Russian Federation for the development of civil society and human rights, claimed that Makarov was also beaten in colony No. 8. On September 19, it became known that the Investigative Committee also opened a case of torture in this colony.

In November 2020, the Zavolzhsky Court of Yaroslavl delivered an acquittal in this case. The head of IK-1, Dmitry Nikolaev, and his deputy, Igit Mikhailov, who were accused of organizing torture, were found not guilty by the court. Later, the regional court of Yaroslavl upheld the acquittal. In July 2021, the court exacted 129,300 rubles in favor of Igit Mikhailov as compensation for lawyers’ fees, as well as 445,900 rubles of lost earnings. At the same time, according to the "Public Verdict", the fund obtained convictions for 12 employees of the colony.

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