Russian authorities examine allegations of jail torture and rape

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MOSCOW, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Russian authorities are trying into video footage leaked on the web which seems to indicate inmates at a jail within the Saratov area being brutalised and sexually assaulted, the Kremlin mentioned on Tuesday.

The footage was revealed on-line by Gulagu.internet, a rights group targeted on alleged abuses within the Russian jail system. It mentioned it had obtained a large leak of paperwork, photographs and movies which proved that lots of of individuals throughout the Russian jail system had been tortured and raped.

It mentioned it will launch extra materials within the coming days.

Reuters couldn’t independently authenticate the footage.

The Kremlin mentioned the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) was trying into the matter.

“If the authenticity of this material is confirmed, it would be grounds for a serious investigation,” mentioned Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Russian information companies reported that FSIN had despatched a workforce to the jail within the Saratov area, round 700 km (450 miles) southeast of Moscow, to attempt to confirm the allegations and that the General Prosecutor’s workplace was trying into the matter too.

Six former inmates and a former prisons inspector advised Reuters earlier this yr about life contained in the jail in a special area the place Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is being held for parole violations he denies.

They spoke of normal beatings by guards, sexual assaults, extreme psychological strain and medical neglect.

Russian regulation says inmates should not be handled in a approach that’s “harsh” or “abases human dignity.” If a jail official abuses his place, he might be jailed for as much as a decade.

Reporting by Andrew Osborn and Dmitry Antonov
Editing by Giles Elgood