The coordinator of the human rights project "Siberia Legal" Dmitry Kamynin, who is in the Kemerovo SIZO-1, spoke about violence by the police. He announced this in a letter that his mother handed over to Taiga.info.
In particular, the SIZO staff stopped giving Kamynin books on jurisprudence, which his mother gave him. When the human rights activist reminded that they had no right to do so, they replied that they "do not care about the decisions of the Supreme Court and the instructions of the Prosecutor General's Office." “They have their own court and their own prosecutor’s office here,” Kamynin quotes the response of the police. They also stopped sending his complaints to the prosecutor's office and the Investigative Committee. Despite this, Kamynin continued to record them in a special journal. When the human rights activist tried to do it again, he was attacked by the SIZO officers.
“One of the employees of the operational department <…>, together with other employees of the regime department, forcefully threw me onto the concrete floor and began to twist my arms behind my back with incredible force. This execution lasted about 30 minutes. Then the on-duty assistant to the head of the pre-trial detention center came, put handcuffs on me, lifted me off the floor and began to try to tear my mouth with his hands under the pretext of a search,” Kamynin writes.
Sibir Legal, where Kamynin worked, published evidence of the torture of prisoners in Russian colonies. In December 2020, the human rights activist was arrested on charges of drug possession (Part 2 of Article 228 of the Criminal Code). According to him, during the detention, police officers beat him. In January 2022, Kamynin's case was sent for revision, he was released from the pre-trial detention center, but was detained again at the exit from the detention center. The human rights activist is accused of extorting money from a resident of Kemerovo in 2017.