Four Russian Prison Guards Jailed For Killing Inmate

November 15, 2018 19:35 GMT

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Four guards at a penitentiary in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk have been handed prison terms for beating an inmate to death.

A court in Chelyabinsk on November 15 found the four men guilty of abuse of power with violence and sentenced them to prison terms between three and eight years.

Inmate Sultan Israilov was found dead in the Corrective Colony No. 2 penitentiary in December 2015.

The prison authorities initially claimed the death was a suicide.

But some 500 inmates started a hunger strike, demanding an investigation into Israilov's death, which led to a probe in which five prison guards were arrested.

One of the guards committed suicide in May 2016 while under house arrest.

Abuses by prison guards, police, and other law enforcement officers have long been rife in Russia.

The issue turned into a hot topic in recent months across Russia after a video showing at least 17 guards beating an inmate at a prison in Yaroslavl became public in July.

On November 13, deputy head of Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) Valery Maksimenko said Russia needs more prisons to hold police officers and other law enforcement agents who have been convicted of crimes.

Based on reporting by Znak and Interfax