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Russia: Court reduces Yaroslavl prison torture victim’s sentence01:55

Russia: Court reduces Yaroslavl prison torture victim’s sentence

Russian Federation, Yaroslavl
September 19, 2018 at 18:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

Torture victim Evgeny Makarov's prison sentence was reduced by the Zavolzhsky District court in Yaroslavl on Wednesday.

The court upheld Makarov's request, filed under a new law which states that one day spent in custody counts as one and a half days spent in prison. The prisoner had asked for the recalculation of his term after the law was signed on July 4.

The torture scandal in Yaroslavl involving Makarov erupted in July 2018 as a video which was released by Russian outlet Novaya Gazeta showed the inmate being beaten up with batons and fists by prison guards.

The abuse reportedly took place on June 29, 2017, and was captured by a portable video recorder, which the Federal Penal Enforcement Service employees are required to carry by law.

Later, on August 23 2018, Novaya Gazeta released a new video showing guards beating inmates at the Yaroslavl prison.

Russian Investigative Committee is conducting an investigation into both of the cases.

To date, a total of 14 suspects have been charged in the case, with 13 of the suspects remaining in custody while one of them has been placed under house arrest until December 20.

Russia: Court reduces Yaroslavl prison torture victim’s sentence01:55
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Torture victim Evgeny Makarov's prison sentence was reduced by the Zavolzhsky District court in Yaroslavl on Wednesday.

The court upheld Makarov's request, filed under a new law which states that one day spent in custody counts as one and a half days spent in prison. The prisoner had asked for the recalculation of his term after the law was signed on July 4.

The torture scandal in Yaroslavl involving Makarov erupted in July 2018 as a video which was released by Russian outlet Novaya Gazeta showed the inmate being beaten up with batons and fists by prison guards.

The abuse reportedly took place on June 29, 2017, and was captured by a portable video recorder, which the Federal Penal Enforcement Service employees are required to carry by law.

Later, on August 23 2018, Novaya Gazeta released a new video showing guards beating inmates at the Yaroslavl prison.

Russian Investigative Committee is conducting an investigation into both of the cases.

To date, a total of 14 suspects have been charged in the case, with 13 of the suspects remaining in custody while one of them has been placed under house arrest until December 20.

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