During his visit to the Kirov SIZO-1, political prisoner Viktor Filinkov told his lawyer Yevgenia Kulakova that he had been transferred to the basement cell due to a conflict with the employees of the remand prison. According to Yevgenia, the conflict situation arose due to the fact that the convicts sat in the cell during the day on prison beds, which is prohibited according to the “Internal Regulations of Correctional Institutions” (TAP).
However, as Yevgenia Kulakova stated , this was due to objective circumstances: “As Viktor told me, there are only two benches for seven people in the Kirov SIZO-1 cell, which can accommodate only two people. During meals, people are forced to take turns. The Kirov SIZO-1 is not equipped with everything necessary to comply with the TAP, but this is required from the prisoners. “
After repeated refusal to obey the demands of the administration, several employees of SIZO-1, led by a man with a lieutenant colonel’s shoulder straps, entered Filinkov’s cell.
As the defender Yevgeny Kulakova said from the words of prisoner Viktor Filinkov, the lieutenant colonel called for reinforcements by radio, about ten officers burst into the cell, one of whom was in a bulletproof vest and with a stun gun. “
– The lieutenant colonel began to shout to one of the prisoners: “Pack your things!”, Without explaining why and where he was being taken. No one responded to requests to introduce themselves, name the position. The two convicts were taken away in an unknown direction, saying that they were taking them to a “professional conversation” in a special block. The remaining five, including Viktor Filinkov, were taken to a cell in the basement, accompanied by an officer who rattled with an electric shock all the way, ”she said.
The place where the prisoners were brought is a seven-seater cell. It has a window at ground level, a wooden floor, a vaulted ceiling, at the highest point you can reach the ceiling with your hand. It is dirty in this cell, high humidity, a lot of flies, cockroaches. In addition, convicts are not allowed to call home, stating that their turn will never reach them, she notes. “One of the officers during the escort promised Viktor that if he continued to demand something, his next stop in this pre-trial detention center would be” kicha “- ( punishment cell in thieves’ jargon ),” the defender told Filinkova.
Evgenia Kulakova made an official request to the Federal Penitentiary Service and the POC in the Kirov region with a request to check the complaints of convicted Viktor Filinkov and take measures to establish the rule of law.
A 26-year-old citizen of Kazakhstan, Viktor Filinkov, a programmer by profession and an anti-fascist by conviction, was detained by FSB officers for the Leningrad Region on January 23, 2018 at Pulkovo airport.
Subsequently, Viktor Filinkov told human rights defenders about torture during his detention.
“I was in a panic, it was very scary, I said that I didn’t understand anything, after which I received the first electric shock. I again did not expect this and was stunned. It was unbearably painful, I screamed, my body straightened. The man in the mask ordered shut up and not twitch, I pressed into the window and tried to turn my right leg, turning to face him. He forcefully restored my position and continued the electric shocks. Electric shocks in the leg, he alternated with electric shocks in the handcuffs. Sometimes he hit in the back or the back of the head-crown When I shouted, they pinched my mouth or threatened me with a gag, sticking, gagging. I didn’t want to gag and tried not to scream, it didn’t always work. I gave up almost immediately, the first ten minutes. I shouted: “Tell me that say, I’ll tell you everything! “- but the violence did not stop,” – this is how he described torture in an article published on the Mediazona website.
Under torture, Viktor Filinkov signed everything that was demanded of him, but later retracted his testimony.
According to the investigation, Viktor Filinkov was a “signalman” of the terrorist group “Network”, whose members intended to carry out “the violent seizure and liquidation of state bodies.”
In June 2020, the Second Western District Military Court in St. Petersburg found Viktor Filinkov guilty of participation in a terrorist community in accordance with Part 2 of Art. 205.4 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and sentenced to 7 years in prison in a general regime colony.
Filinkov pleaded not guilty, stating during the trial that the case against him and his comrades had been fabricated by the FSB. In total, ten people were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment in the “St. Petersburg” and “Penza” cases of the “Network”: Dmitry Pchelintsev , Ilya Shakursky , Igor Shishkin , Arman Sagynbaev , Vasily Kuksov , Andrey Chernov , Viktor Filinkov , Yuliy Boyarshinov , Mikhail Kulkov . Maxim Ivankin .
The Human Rights Center “Memorial” recognized all the defendants in the “Network” case as political prisoners.
Filinkov’s comrade in the anti-fascist movement Dmitry Pchelintsev, who was sentenced to 18 years in a maximum security colony, is serving a sentence in Correctional Colony No. 27 in the Verkhnekamsk District of the Kirov Region on charges of organizing a terrorist community.
Another defendant in the “Network” case, Igor Shishkin, was recently released after serving part of his sentence in Correctional Colony No. 4 in the Novgorod Region. During the trial, he fully admitted his guilt and entered into a pre-trial agreement with the investigation. Shishkin’s case was considered in a special order, he was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison. According to the claim of IK-4 in the Novgorod region, the real term of punishment for Igor Shishkin was replaced by administrative supervision.