An EX-PRISON prisoner described how he spent two years in one of Vladimir Putin’s vicious “torture carousel” prisons.
Sergey Savelyev has bravely smuggled hundreds of hours of gruesome footage out of Russia to try to lift the lids of the country’s squalid prisons, where brutal beatings are frequent.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun Online, he revealed how prisons in Russia are a stopping place for violence, in which inmates are subjected to degraded sexual violence.
Sergey, 32, was sentenced to nine years in prison for drug offenses in 2013.
He was transferred to OTB-1, a prison in the Saratov region, near the border with Kazakhstan in 2016.
As someone who used to work in the IT field, he was assigned to work in the security department that archived CCTV footage.
“I have to watch videos all the time, it’s part of my job,” he told The Sun Online, but soon, among the hundreds of hours of sick footage began to emerge.
“From beatings and humiliations to the most inhumane violence, including sexual violence, sometimes leads to murder,” says Belarusian Sergey.
Revelations come as the world sits on the blade to see what Putin will invade Ukraine.
It could be a grim warning to any of his enemies who may find themselves in his grip – with Russian-backed rebels already understood to be operating the torture prison.
Video have emerged showed that at least five inmates were urinated on, raped, and assaulted with blunt objects.
The videos have been shared with Gulagu.netRussian campaigner who highlights the country’s shocking prison conditions.
Another scene shows a naked man screaming in pain as he is tied to a bed and violated by hand holding a mop at the TB hospital in Saratov prison.
“During the last three years of my imprisonment – 2018, 2019 and 2020 – I watched such videos regularly,” he said.
“Sometimes there are multiple records a week, sometimes just a few per month, but the torture has been systematically practiced there for many years. So I watched a lot of these records.”
He explained that the violence was committed by other inmates on behalf of the guards, who had been given the privilege of reciprocating.
“The scale is simply amazing. Of course, the reaction of the staff to what was happening left me in awe.
CONSTRUCTION OF VIOLATION
“The skepticism and indifference they have created conditions for the existence of this torture conveyor.
“They absolutely don’t care that they are living people. This is truly a lawless territory where, at the behest of the superior leadership, any person can be arrested and horribly tortured.
“This is a huge system built on violence and intimidation of people.”
Sergey said he himself was beaten when he first entered prison when “I knew firsthand how to confess to being beaten”.
“For more than two months, I was beaten, pressured and forced to sign papers.”
When his sentence was finally coming to an end, Sergey decided to copy the videos and smuggle them out of prison.
“Of course, there are many reasons. And the fact that I myself was tortured and mistreated,” he explained.
“When I had access to irrefutable evidence of the crimes of this system, I simply showed it to everyone.
“Witnessing such crimes, there are only two ways – walk by, pretend nothing happened and move on, or try to change something. I chose the second way.
“It’s always scary. The risk is great, no need to exaggerate. I took a lot of precautions.”
He eventually turned over 1000 videos to Gulagu.net but Russian authorities caught him.
In September 2021, he was stopped at St Petersburg airport as he was traveling to Novosibirsk and plainclothes men began questioning him.
He convinced them that he would cooperate and he was finally let go.
Sergey could then go to Belarus and then France, where he lives.
Despite threats and attempts to blackmail him, he said he would not be threatened, although he did not rule out the possibility that the Russian government could kill him.
“Jail sentences for hundreds of sadists and criminals will not change this system – some sadists will be replaced by others,” he said.
“Our main task is to achieve reforms in the Russian penitentiary system, abolish torture and achieve respect for human rights.
“These torture conveyors have been in production for decades, they won’t give up. But we won’t give up either.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17375043/putin-torture-jail-inmates-jailed-killed/ I spent 3 years in Putin’s torture prison where prisoners were brutalized and killed – I secretly brought out the films to show the world