Moscow on Saturday put a former jail inmate searching for asylum in France on a needed listing after he leaked harrowing movies of alleged rape and torture inside a Russian jail.
In accordance with a discover printed on the Russian inside ministry’s web site, Sergei Savelyev — a Belarus nationwide — is needed in reference to an unspecified felony case.
Savelyev smuggled stunning footage of abuse out of a jail within the central metropolis of Saratov. Fearing reprisals, he fled Russia in February and final week arrived in France, the place he requested for asylum.
Whereas serving 7.5 years for drug trafficking, he labored as an IT upkeep officer, incomes entry to the jail’s inner server and people of different jails, the place he discovered a number of movies.
He saved them on a USB stick that he hid close to the jail exit.
A few of the movies have been then printed by the Russian rights group Gulagu.web, prompting an official probe and the sacking of a number of officers.
Savelyev mentioned that whereas the inside ministry didn’t present particulars of why he was needed, he thought it was for “leaking state secrets and techniques”.
“They’re going down the one path they know, the trail of drive,” he mentioned in a video from France printed by Gulagu.web.
Russian authorities try “to close my mouth.”
“It is a disgrace that as a substitute of utilizing the time to reform the system and examine all this horrible proof we gave them, they’re making an attempt to cover the reality,” he added.
Torture and sexual violence inflicted on inmates have lengthy been systemic in Russia’s huge penitentiary system, jail displays say, however the movies have solid new gentle on such abuses.