“A decision was made to dismiss three employees of SIZO-1 and bring to disciplinary liability 20 employees and heads of the pre-trial detention center and the Federal Penitentiary Service,” the statement said.

As noted, the materials were sent to the investigating authorities for decision-making.

In early August, the Prosecutor General's Office organized an inspection of the “Crosses” in St. Petersburg due to complaints of torture.

The Federal Penitentiary Service told about the “huge violations” in the pre-trial detention center-1, in particular when transferring to the cells those who had not served their sentences before.