Putin fired director of prison service over scandal over torture of convicts

Vladimir Putin / Photo: EPA-EFE / ALEXEI DRUZHININ / KREMLIN POOL / SPUTNIK MANDATORY CREDIT

Russian President Vladimir Putin today signed a decree dismissing Alexander Kalashnikov, director of the Federal Service for Implementing Prison Sanctions, the Kremlin press service said.

Another decree appoints Arkady Gostev, who until now was deputy interior minister.

Kalashnikov was released just weeks after videos surfaced showing prisoners being tortured and sexually assaulted.

The Kremlin did not give a reason for Kalashnikov's dismissal, but his office launched a criminal investigation into prison incidents in the Saratov region last month. Authorities responded after a group advocating for the rights of prisoners on Gulagu.net began posting videos that they claimed were evidence of "orchestrated sadism" in the prison.

Source: MIA

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