Russia fires prison officials, opens investigations after torture videos

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Reuters

By Andrew Osborn and Angelina Kazakova MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian authorities said on Wednesday they had fired five senior prison officials and opened a slew of criminal investigations into alleged torture and sexual assaults at a jail in the Saratov region. The authorities acted after a prisoner rights group, Gulagu.net, began publishing what it said was graphic video evidence of orchestrated sadism at the prison, located around 700 km (450 miles) southeast of Moscow. It said it had received a massive leak of documents, photos and videos proving that hundreds of people across the prison syste…

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