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Is RT Trustworthy?

Post by Sertorio » Fri Oct 08, 2021 7:50 am

Barbarism behind bars: Rape & torture in Russia’s prisons laid bare by thousands of leaked videos, human rights activists tell RT
By Gabriel Gavin, in Moscow - 8 Oct, 2021 07:10 ... -activist/

A chilling archive of footage purportedly showing the abuse of inmates in Russian prison colonies has already sparked a probe and cost several officers their jobs. The group behind the leak tells RT there’s still more to come.

A decade ago, Vladimir Osechkin was sentenced to seven years behind bars over fraud allegations brought by the daughter of an influential Moscow politician. Released quickly on parole, he left the country as soon as travel restrictions imposed upon him were relaxed and is still reportedly wanted for questioning on a number of charges. Now, though, as the founder of human rights group, he has managed to upend the country’s penal system from afar.

Earlier this week, a tranche of videos that Osechkin and his colleagues say were taken by officers inside a prison hospital in Russia’s Saratov region have caused shock and outrage in the country. In one, a man believed to be an inmate at the tuberculosis facility can be seen laying strapped to a bed and screaming while staff repeatedly violate him with a stick in a horrifying minutes-long ordeal.

Other clips released by claim to show prisoners being urinated on and forced to perform sexual acts in front of the camera. The outcry in the wake of their publication has even reached the Kremlin, with President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, saying that, “if the authenticity of these materials is confirmed, then of course it is a pretext for a serious investigation.”

However, the director of the country’s federal prison services, Alexander Kalashnikov, has quickly moved to dismiss four officers from the region over the incident. After the clips were released on Wednesday, the top penal boss fired Pavel Gatsenko, the head of the Saratov hospital where the incidents were alleged to have taken place, as well as a number of senior officials. Kalashnikov has apparently also moved to sack the overall head of Saratov’s prison service, Colonel Alexey Fedotov, “for serious miscalculations in operational and service activities.”

Among the four officers dismissed in Saratov is Sergey Maltsev, head of the institution’s security department. Osechkin alleges that he was “the main proponent and organizer of the whole process… he co-ordinated it, led it, gave commands. He told them to make video recordings, he controlled them and took the results to security agencies.” Osechkin alleges that the clips were later used to blackmail and coerce prisoners.

However, Osechkin told RT that the galling episode is just the first of a series of revelations that his group will publish over the course of the coming weeks. According to him, similarly shocking footage has been passed over featuring prisons like “SIZO-1 and SIZO-6 in Irkutsk, SIZO-1 in Vladimir, SIZO-1 in Omsk, SIZO-1 in Krasnoyarsk” and others. “We are reviewing the archive and publishing it step by step,” he went on.

“We have identified almost everyone to whom this happened. Now, lawyers and investigators will be working with them and there are at least 10 criminal cases coming over these terrible acts. The perpetrators have been known for a long time,” the activist added.

Snezhana Muntyan, a lawyer working with Osechkin and, told RT that “I am currently representing three criminal cases of rape as a victim’s representative in the proceedings.” The cases, already ongoing, have been brought against officers by one man, but “there is informational about several more potential victims in similar cases so it is all just a matter of time. I think more will be made public in the near future.”

Muntyan also revealed later on Thursday that she “now has 14 people in the process of giving statements. I am waiting for the right moment to request that the Investigative Committee opens a criminal case. And these are only the people who decided to report crimes made against them – most have already been released from custody and are free of threats within the system.”

She also told RT that she was concerned some potential victims and witnesses might have been pressured into keeping silent, as not to make their time behind bars tougher. According to Muntyan, at least one inmate she spoke to “apparently feared that if he told the truth to his lawyer, and it became known to the staff, there could be negative consequences for him.”

The alleged perpetrators of cruel sexual and physical abuse in Russia’s prisons will apparently go to any lengths to prevent themselves being convicted of heinous crimes and ending up behind bars. After all, they likely have a unique insight into just how bad the ordeal can be.
RT, the supposed Kremlin propaganda tool, had no problems reporting on this affair, in a very critical manner. A propaganda tool they may be, but that doesn't mean that we cannot trust what they say or report.

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Re: Is RT Trustworthy?

Post by Sertorio » Fri Oct 08, 2021 7:59 am

Long-serving editor of Russia's Novaya Gazeta Muratov wins 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for ‘efforts to safeguard freedom of expression’
8 Oct, 2021 09:09 ... bel-prize/

The Nobel Committee has awarded Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov the 2021 Peace Prize for “efforts to safeguard freedom of expression,” alongside Filipino investigative reporter Maria Ressa. Muratov is the head of Novaya Gazeta.

The decision, announced by committee chair Berit Reiss-Andersen on Friday, was accredited due to Muratov and Ressa’s commitment to free speech, which was described as “a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.”

According to the official Twitter account of the Nobel Prize committee, Muratov has “defended freedom of speech in Russia under increasingly challenging conditions” for decades, and has continued to champion an “independent policy” for his Novaya Gazeta outlet, despite “killings and threats.”

“Novaya Gazeta’s fact-based journalism and professional integrity have made it an important source of information on censurable aspects of Russian society rarely mentioned by other media,” the statement said.

Novaya Gazeta was founded in 1993 by a breakaway group of journalists from the popular Komsomolskaya Pravda tabloid. It was initially partially funded by Mikhail Gorbachev, who used winnings from his 1990 Nobel Peace Prize to help establish the outlet. It has also been helped financially by RT contributor Alexander Lebedev, who today is still a significant shareholder.

Muratov served as editor-in-chief from 1993 until 2017. However, two years after stepping down, he resumed his position when the paper’s staff voted for his return.

Over the years, the newspaper has seen many of its journalists murdered, including Igor Domnikov and Viktor Popkov. However, most famously, human rights activist and reporter Anna Politkovskaya was murdered on 7 October 2006, almost 15 years ago to the day. While five men were jailed for the murder, it is still unclear who ordered the killing.

The Nobel Peace Prize isn’t Muratov’s first award or honor. In 2007, he received an International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists and in 2010 was given the French Legion of Honor.

The decision to give Muratov the prize is sure to be controversial within Russian liberal opposition circles, many of whom hoped the jailed Alexey Navalny would receive it. Earlier this year, Muratov criticized Navalny’s 'Smart Voting' campaign.

Shortly after the award announcement, close Navalny ally Leonid Volkov posted a quote from a recent argument with Muratov, likely to show his disagreement with the Nobel Committee's decision.
Maybe the last two paragraphs explain why RT had no problem with the Nobel Committee's decision... I only hope that all those who will praise Muratov's selection will also report what he thinks of Navalny...

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Re: Is RT Trustworthy?

Post by Doc » Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:27 am

In the first article it is about prison abuse. As in "I am shocked SHOCKED !! to find out there is abuse in Russia's prisons!!
In the second article it is about a independent journalists that case disparaging comments towards Putin's current main political opponent. Which coming from a Nobel peace prize laureate is good for Putin.
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