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Polygraph on Prison Official's Claim That Dadin Faked Story of Torture

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Polygraph on Prison Official's Claim That Dadin Faked Story of Torture

Headline: Russian Corrections Official Claims Political Prisoner Lied About Torture But Lawyers’ and Journalists Provide Contrary Evidence

 

Name: Valeriya Masimenko, Deputy Director of Federal Corrections Service

 

Statement on left

"According to the results of the inspection, unlawful uses of physical force on the convict [Ildar Dadin], causing harm to his health, were not confirmed….Ildar Dadin is simply a very talented imitator with stunning artistry and an amazing imagination."

 

Source: Argumenty i fakty http://www.aif.ru/society/law/talantlivyy_imitator_chto_na_samom_dele_sluchilos_s_ildarom_dadinym

 

Conclusion (Background color = Red)

 

LIKELY FALSE

 

Date: December 5, 2016

 

Condensed Version: Ildar Dadin, the first Russian to be sentenced to three years’ imprisonment under a new law punishing repeated street pickets, was thrown into a punishment cell when he first arrived at his labor camp in Karelia for complaining about conditions. When he declared a hunger strike in protest, guards beat him multiple times, thrust his head into a toilet, strung him up by hand-cuffs and threatened to rape him. He was able to smuggle a letter to his wife with the harrowing details of his ordeal. When she publicized his plight, a regional Federal Corrections Service official claimed he had a “talented imagination” and was feigning injury. A doctor summoned to examine him and Russia’s human rights ombudsperson also declared that Dadin wasn’t tortured. But two human rights lawyers from the Presidential Human Rights Council who visited him found his wrists were scarred. Other prisoners testified that he had been tortured, as had other inmates. The independent news site Meduza published their accounts, and ultimately officials acknowledged that force had been used on Dadin, stopping shy of an admission of torture, however, despite evidence to the contrary. Although first he was thrown in solitary confinement, now Dadin has been transferred to another labor colony.

 

Twitter: A Russian prison official claimed a political prisoner lied that he was tortured. But lawyers and reporters found contrary evidence.

 

Facebook: When Russian political prisoner Ildar Dadin complained to his wife of torture at Karelian Labor Colony No. 7, he told her the only way to keep him alive was to publicize the details of how he was beaten and strung up by hand-cuffs. When Dadin refused to allow a doctor to examine him without his lawyer present, Valeriya Masimenko, Deputy Director of Federal Corrections Service, an official of the Federal Corrections Service said he was making up the story “with amazing imagination,” faking his injuries. But when human rights lawyers visited him, they found cuts on his wrist consistent with his story; other prisoners confirmed to them that he had been beaten and described similar treatment to others. Meduza, an independent news site, published their stories. Prison investigators ultimately confirmed that guards had used forced on Dadin, but maintained it was lawful. With the overwhelming evidence to the contrary however, it appears Masimenko’s claim is likely false.

Polygraph.info fact-check:

Ildar Dadin is a Russian political prisoner sentenced in 2015 to three year of labor colony under a new law punishing repeat street demonstrators, for picketing in support of Ukraine’s Maidan movement among other causes.

 

In November 2016, he was able to smuggle a letter to his wife, Anastasiya Zotova from Labor Colony No. 7 (IK-7) in Karelia, in which he recounted how he had been thrown in the punishment cell after arrival at the colony for protesting against the planting of razor blades among his belongings, and for the lack of basic necessities like soap and toilet paper. When he declared a hunger strike, in retaliation, the guards beat him multiple times, thrust his head in a toilet, stripped him naked, hung him up by hand-cuffs, and threatened him with rape. Dadin urged his wife to publicize his ordeal as widely as possible, which he said would help keep him alive.

 

https://meduza.io/feature/2016/11/01/izbivali-po-10-12-chelovek-odnovremenno-nogami

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37836739

 

Valeriya Masimenko, Deputy Director of Federal Corrections Service, said a medical investigator who had examined Dadin found no signs of torture, a claim seconded by Tatyana Moskalkova, Russia’s human rights ombudsman, who said she had received pictures of Dadin indicating he was not harmed.

 

http://www.dw.com/en/jailed-russia-activist-ildar-dadin-accuses-prison-staff-of-torture/a-36228169

 

Dadin refused to submit to a physical exam by a visiting doctor, however, unless his lawyer could be present, a request which was refused.

 

https://meduza.io/feature/2016/11/22/chto-proishodit-s-ildarom-dadinym-i-ik-7-posle-publikatsii-pisem-ob-izbieniyah

 

But Igor Kalyapin and Pavel Chikov, human rights lawyers and members of the Presidential Human Rights Council reported that they had visited Dadin and found welts on his wrists, with the angle of the cuts in his skin consistent with his account of being suspended by handcuffs.

 

They also found other inmates at IK-7 who testified that Dadin was beaten and that others had suffered similar mistreatment. They told prison authorities that they could supply the names of these prisoners if requested.

 

http://www.interfax.ru/russia/538931

 

https://meduza.io/news/2016/12/02/komissiya-spch-soobschila-o-sluchayah-izdevatelstv-nad-zaklyuchennymi-v-ik-7

 

The independent news site Meduza also published accounts of IK-7 prisoners about torture.

 

https://meduza.io/feature/2016/11/08/esli-v-den-tebya-ne-bolshe-dvuh-raz-byut-otlichno-zhivesh

 

On December 1, prison investigators declared that the use of force and handcuffs on Dadin was "lawful," since he had refused to obey commands of the administration.

 

http://www.rbc.ru/society/01/12/2016/58404da29a794703ef0a8a97?from=newsfeed

 

http://karelia.sledcom.ru/news/item/1084865/

 

This statement constituted admission that in fact guards had used force on Dadin, although they refused to acknowledge it was torture . Given the testimony from the visiting lawyers and other prisoners, however, the statement by Valeriya Masimenko, Deputy Director of Federal Corrections Service, appears unlikely to be true. While at first he was thrown in solitary confinement, Dadin has now been transferred to another labor colony.

 

Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

 

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