The European Parliament called for the immediate release Ildar Dading

Colony (IK-7) where contains Ildar Dading in the village of Segezha

Photo: David Frankel/Kommersant

The European Parliament adopted a resolution calls for immediate release of Ildar Dading, previously complained of torture in prison where he is serving time on charges of violations at rallies

The European Parliament adopted a resolution which called for “immediately and unconditionally” release Ildar Dading, who is serving in a colony of 2.5 years on charges of violations at the rally, said in a statement on the Parliament’s website.

“The Parliament urges the Russian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release the Dading and “all those convicted on false or unfounded charges or for what enjoy their rights to freedom of expression and Assembly,” – said in the message.

The European Parliament also called for a comprehensive, transparent and independent investigation into the recent statements by the Dading on the application to it of torture in prison where he is serving his sentence.

“The European Parliament is seriously concerned about credible reports of human rights which indicate that the Dading is not an isolated case, and that “systematic torture, abuse and inhuman treatment in the Russian penal system” remain unpunished”, – stated in the message.

Members of the European Parliament also expressed the need for “targeted sanctions” to “punish those responsible” for the violation of the rights of the Dading and for the production of the European Council common policy towards Russia.

Dading became the first Russian who was convicted under article 212.1 of the Criminal code (Repeated violation of the rules of holding public events). In December 2015, he was sentenced to three years imprisonment, in March the court reduced the sentence to 2.5 years. In early November, Dading wrote a letter in which he reported the beatings and threats from employees of the colony. FSIN initiated after review stated that the independent doctors did not find signs of torture, “as well as signs of previous injuries” on the body of the convict.

After complaints to the Dadina in the colony came and the Commissioner for human rights Tatyana Moskalkova. The Ombudsman also found no traces of beatings. She added that according to the videos, prison staff behaved within the law. Moskalkova proposed to transfer the Dading in another colony.

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