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3 November 2016

posted 3 Nov 2016, 10:00 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 3 Nov 2016, 10:00 ]
Head of Russian Penal Colony Suspended After Dissident's Torture Allegations

Sergei Kossiyev, the head of Penal Colony No. 7 in Russia's northern Karelia region, has been temporarily suspended due to his possible involvement in the beating of inmate and civil activist Ildar Dadin. Alexander Serov, Kossiyev's deputy, has taken his post as head of the facility while an investigation into the incident is being conducted. Officials from Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service say that Kossiyev and his family have been placed under guard due to the publicity surrounding the scandal. [...]