6 Aug 2018 20:25

Criminal case opened against ex-chief of prison where activist Dadin was jailed

PETROZAVODSK. Aug 6 (Interfax) - The Russian Investigative Committee's Karelia branch has launched a criminal inquiry into the former head of Penal Colony No. 7 in the town of Segezh, Sergei Kossiyev, the agency's press service told Interfax on Monday.

"A criminal case against Kossiyev is being conducted on charges of [...] abuse of office and power. Investigative activity is being conducted as part of the case," the press service said.

Kossiyev's former deputy, Anatoly Luist, was also identified as a defendant.

The case is not connected to Ildar Dadin, who was imprisoned at Penal Colony No. 7, according to an informed source. The convicted civil activist said that he was tortured by prison employees in the fall of 2016. The Prosecutor General's Office and the Investigative Committee carried out inspections at the prison but did not find evidence.