Ildar Dadin: "They forced me to say, Putin is our president." (Meduza)

posted 12 Nov 2016, 11:48 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 30 Jun 2017, 04:58 ]
11 November 2016

This article is a translation by Sarah Hurst of: '«Никого ты не спасешь» Рассказ Ильдара Дадина о том, что происходило с ним в ИК-7 — до и после его письма о пытках,' Meduza, 11 November 2016

The translation was originally published on the website xSovietUnion. Permission to republish is gratefully acknowledged

Photo: Inside correctional colony No. 7, by Pavel Chikov (via Meduza)

On November 9 Anastasia Zotova, the wife of Ildar Dadin, who described his torture in Karelia’s correctional colony No. 7, had a visit with her husband. It lasted for four hours, and for all that time Dadin told her what had happened him since the day of his arrival in IK-7 in as much detail as possible – and about what happened after Meduza published his letter on November 1. Meduza publishes Dadin’s story, recorded by Anastasia Zotova, slightly edited for length.

This isn’t a correctional institution, it’s a concentration camp. People aren’t held here to be to be reformed but to be humiliated. Please send a statement in my name to the Investigations Committee in connection with the fact that a whole array of torture is being used on the prisoners in IK-7. The beatings and torture aren’t stopping even now, after the intervention by [human rights ombudsman] Tatyana Moskalkova and the arrival of members of the HRC [president’s Human Rights Council] Pavel Chikov and Igor Kalyapin. [Read more]