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Russia: Footage emerges of inmates being abused by prison guards in Yaroslavl05:41

Russia: Footage emerges of inmates being abused by prison guards in Yaroslavl

Russian Federation, Yaroslavl
March 12, 2019 at 21:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

New videos of inmates being abused by guards at a prison in Yaroslavl were published on Monday. The footage was sent to the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta by human rights organisation Public Verdict Foundation.

According to the newspaper, the first video shows an inmate called Pavel U shortly before and after he was beaten by guards. He is then seen being forced to smoke a cigarette that was previously smoked by a man who allegedly belonged to a so-called “lower caste” in the prison. In the Russian prison system, inmates are unofficially attributed different statuses or “castes,” once an inmate from a “higher caste” uses something previously belonging to someone of a “lower caste,” the status of that person is lowered. In this case, the inmate who originally smoked the cigarette is believed to be gay.

The second video shows an inmate called Pavel Sokolov being beaten by a prison guard who was fired following the incident that took place in 2016, the newspaper says.

This is the third publication by Novaya Gazeta of videos of abuse at the Yaroslavl prison. Criminal cases were launched after the previous two publications. The Federal Penitentiary also set up a special commission to check and investigate incidents of violence in prisons.

Mandatory courtesy to Novaya Gazeta

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New videos of inmates being abused by guards at a prison in Yaroslavl were published on Monday. The footage was sent to the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta by human rights organisation Public Verdict Foundation.

According to the newspaper, the first video shows an inmate called Pavel U shortly before and after he was beaten by guards. He is then seen being forced to smoke a cigarette that was previously smoked by a man who allegedly belonged to a so-called “lower caste” in the prison. In the Russian prison system, inmates are unofficially attributed different statuses or “castes,” once an inmate from a “higher caste” uses something previously belonging to someone of a “lower caste,” the status of that person is lowered. In this case, the inmate who originally smoked the cigarette is believed to be gay.

The second video shows an inmate called Pavel Sokolov being beaten by a prison guard who was fired following the incident that took place in 2016, the newspaper says.

This is the third publication by Novaya Gazeta of videos of abuse at the Yaroslavl prison. Criminal cases were launched after the previous two publications. The Federal Penitentiary also set up a special commission to check and investigate incidents of violence in prisons.

Mandatory courtesy to Novaya Gazeta