Monday, February 25, 2019

Russian Prison Warden fired over sweet treatment of Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz

The warden of a prison in Far Eastern Russia's Amur region will be fired for providing a prominent convicted gangster with privileged treatment in the penitentiary. Colonel Aleksandr Radkov will be fired from his post.

Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz is one of Russia's most infamous murderers. He and his notorious Tsapok gang terrorized a rural farming community in southern Russia from the late 1990s until 2010.
Tsepovyaz, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence, was placed in solitary confinement after photos of him receiving privileged treatment circulated on the Internet.
The Kushchyovskaya massacre was the murder of 12 people including four children in the village of Kushchyovskaya, Krasnodar Krai of southern Russia in late 2010. The family of farmer Serever Ametov was targeted and stabbed to death, together with visiting friends and a bystander.

The cold blooded massacre provoked a national outcry.
Members of the gang were found guilty of scores of kidnappings, robberies, and a series of murders, including the Kushchyovskaya massacre. The case sparked more controversy after investigations revealed the group's strong ties to local Russian officials that aided them.

Tsepovyaz's lawyer criticized the decision, saying that it was made "for unclear reasons."

Notorious gang leader Sergei Tsapok died in prison in 2010.