Ildar Dadin: "Nastya! If you decide to publish this information about what is happening to me, then try to distribute it as widely as possible. This will increase my chances of staying alive."

posted 1 Nov 2016, 08:58 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 1 Nov 2016, 09:08 ]
"Nastya! If you decide to publish this information about what is happening to me, then try to distribute it as widely as possible. This will increase my chances of staying alive. Know that there is an entire mafia operating at penal colony 7. It involves the entire administration, among them the colony’s head Major Sergey Leonidovich Kossiev and the vast majority of its employees, including the doctors. [...] Time is against me. Surveillance footage would be able to prove [that such] torture and beatings [are happening], but it is becoming less and less likely that such footage remains intact. If I am again subjected to torture, beatings, and rape, it is unlikely that I will last more than a week. In case of my sudden death, you may be told that I committed suicide, had an accident, was shot while trying to escape, or [died] fighting with another prisoner, but this would be a lie. [My murder] would have been planned in advance to eliminate witnesses and victims of torture."

- Ildar Dadin, currently serving 30 months in prison colony No. 7, Segezha, Karelia. Dadin was the first person to be convicted under Article 212.1 of Russia’s Criminal Code that criminalizes repeat violations of the rules of public assembly in Russia. 

Photo: Vasily Petrov, Facebook, via The Moscow Times

The words are from a letter Ildar Dadin sent to his wife Anastasia (Nastya) Zotova, as written down by Ildar Dadin's lawyer, Alexei Plutser, on 31 October 2016. The letter, which has been translated in full by Meduza, sets out allegations of torture.

Source:' “10—12 people would beat me all at once, kicking me” In a letter to his wife, Russian political prisoner says he’s being tortured,' Meduza, 1 November 2016
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