Leonid Markelovu: Vitaliy Belousov / RIA Novosti
Arrested on corruption charges the former head of the Mari El Republic Leonid Markelov complained to the Prosecutor General in torturous conditions in prison. On Thursday, 4 October, said his lawyer, Igor Trunov.
“In his letter to Yuri Chaika Markelov indicates the torturous conditions of detention, the critically deteriorating health and a complete isolation from loved ones,” said Trunov.
Markelov complains of moral pressure, frequent transfer from one chamber to another, with a sick heart and sick joints, the transfer of prison things, humiliating searches, the inability to obtain medical care, medication and treatment. The lawyer said that such measures are being taken to force the former head of the Mari El Republic to admit to the crimes.
According to Igor Trunov, in six years of detention in jail at Markelov’s eyesight worsened, worsened cardiovascular disease and ankylosing spondylitis, there is inflammation of the joints, tendons and ligaments. This disease, as noted by the advocate, included in the list, which is prohibited in the custody.
Leonid Markelov was arrested on 13 April 2017 on charges of accepting bribes in 235 million roubles. The next day, Moscow’s Basmanny court put him into custody.
Markelov headed the Mari El Republic for 16 years since January 2001. Previously he was the Deputy of the state Duma, was a member of the LDPR faction. Worked as a lawyer, also served in the military Prosecutor’s office.
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