In April 2018, at least four people, including two Crimean Tatars mysteriously died in the remand center-1 in Simferopol controlled by the occupation authority of Russia as Crimean Human Rights Group reported.
According to information, on April 6, 69-year-old Server Bilialov and 46-year-old Oleh Honcharov were found hanging. On April 12, 23-year-old Dmytro Shypovnyk was also found hanging in the punishment cell. On April 13, 39-year-old Islam Iskerov was found with his throat cut in the so-called ‘quarantine’ cell. The Crimean Human Rights Group emphasized that this evidence was confirmed by a few independent of each other sources.
One of the versions of their deaths is suicide by hanging of Server Bilialov, Oleh Honcharov, Dmytro Shypovnyk and suicide by cutting the throat of Islam Iskerov.
The Human Rights Group claimed that this version is not persuasive for several reasons. According to some information, Server Bilialov counted on the cessation of the criminal prosecution and exemption from punishment in the near time.
Dmytro Shypovnyk was wound with throat cut in the punishment cell. However, people are put there only after the careful personal examination and the detained person is under constant supervision there.
Islam Iskerov was accused of the theft and the maximum sentence for it is two years of the imprisonment and the minimal is the fine in the sum of $130. So, this version on the suicide, according to the human right activists, is unlikely.
Also, it is noted, that information on these incidents is absent on the official websites of Russia’s Investigative Committee, Prosecutor’s Office of Russia and Federal Penitentiary Service.
As we reported Ukraine insisted on the access for the International Committee of the Red Cross to the prisons on the occupied territories at the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas in Minsk.
According to Iryna Herashchenko, First Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, the President's Humanitarian Envoy at the Minsk peace talks, the ICRC has full access to Ukraine’s penitentiary system, while the representatives of the ICRC have not had access to Ukrainian prisoners in Russia and on the occupied territories over the years of the war at all.