3 November 2016
Tatyana Moskalkova, the Federal Human Rights Ombudsperson, has arrived at the Karelian prison colony where political prisoner Ildar Dadin is being held and allegedly tortured, Sergei Kirienko, the first deputy head of the Presidential Administration, told Dozhd TV.
According to Kirienko, the Kremlin is expecting to receive detailed information about the situation in the prison colony from the Ombudsperson. “Tatiana Moskalkova is at the prison colony right now, and there she will sort out what is going on and will take the necessary decisions. I think everyone will listen to the recommendations of the Ombudsperson.”
Moskalkova has published a photo of her meeting with Dadin on Instagram. The caption by the photo indicates that the meeting was held at the prisoner’s request.
Ildar Dadin has complained of threats and physical violence at the prison colony. Since then, the Federal Penitentiary Service in Karelia has confirmed that they used force on him when he refused to leave the room, Dozhd reports.
Anastasia Zotova, Dadin’s wife, had appealed to Tatiana Moskalkova for help.
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has begun a preliminary investigation into Dadin’s allegations of torture. While this investigation is under way, the governor of the prison colony has been suspended.
Translated by Kate Goodby
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