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1 November 2016

posted 1 Nov 2016, 10:15 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 1 Nov 2016, 10:15 ]
Russia: Shocking new torture allegations by prisoner of conscience must be investigated

Russian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Ildar Dadin, a peaceful street protester convicted for participation in “unauthorized” assemblies, and investigate his allegations of torture, Amnesty International said today. Ildar Dadin’s letter from prison was published by Meduza online newspaper on Tuesday. Ildar Dadin’s allegations of beatings, humiliation and rape threats are shocking, but unfortunately they are just the latest in a string of credible reports indicating that torture and other ill treatment are being widely used in the Russian penal system. [...] According to Ildar Dadin’s letter, when he arrived in Segezha prison colony on 11 September 2016 he was beaten four times by groups of 10 to 12 people in turn. The next day Ildar Dadin was hung up by handcuffs for half an hour, before his underpants were taken off and he was threatened with rape. He writes in the letter that he was warned by a prison official: “You’ve been just lightly beaten. If I order it my officers will beat you much more severely. If you try to complain, you’ll be killed and buried outside the prison fence.” Ildar Dadin managed to dictate his letter during the last visit by his lawyer. His previous letters never reached their intended addresses as they were intercepted by the prison colony administration. [...]