Russia: 31-year-old wanted for leaking torture videos in jail

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Its Ministry of Interior Russia declared Sergei Saveliev wanted, who leaked videos where allegedly tortured in Russian prisons by a human rights organization, became known today from the database on its website.

Detainee rights group Gulagu.net says the videos Saveliev gave her capture footage of both torture and sexual assault in a prison in the Saratov region, about 700 kilometers southeast of Moscow.

Five high-ranking officials of the penitentiary system have been fired and a series of criminal investigations have been under way since Gulagu.net began publishing the videos this month.

The database does not specify for which crime the 31-year-old Belarusian is wanted.

In a video released today by Gulagu.net, Saveliev says he is not surprised and is now in France.

“I was preparing for it, but it is not pleasant,” he points out.

Sergei Saveliev, a programmer who helped operate the local computer network and cameras while serving a prison sentence, said Russia may want to accuse him of leaking state secrets.

“Given the information we have already made public, I would believe that they will admit the facts of the torture and try to resolve the issue of torture, while trying to address the issue of revealing state secrets.”

Gulagu.net claims that the documents, photos and videos that Saveliev gave him prove that hundreds of people in the Russian penitentiary system have been tortured or raped by other detainees, under the guidance of prison officials.

In addition, Gulagu.net reported that Saveliev was seeking political asylum in France and that he would send the material to Interpol.

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