Some 20 people seriously injured as Aeroflot plane hits air pocket in ThailandWorld May 01, 6:57
Russian members of VE Day motorbike rally not allowed into PolandWorld May 01, 1:55
Rally in Dutch capital pays tribute to Odessa fire victimsWorld May 01, 1:52
Russian traveler reaches South Africa by motorbikeSociety & Culture May 01, 0:49
Ukraine blows money by building dam to cut Crimea off water — Russian lawmakerRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 01, 0:41
Some 150,000 motorsport fans attend F1 racing weekend in Russia’s SochiSport May 01, 0:39
Putin, French ski legend Jean-Claude Killy join ice hockey training session in SochiSport April 30, 21:09
Putin awards Valtteri Bottas with Russian F1 GP TrophySport April 30, 18:02
FIA Formula One 2017 Russian Grand Prix boosts off in SochiSport April 30, 15:23
MOSCOW, May 8 (Itar-Tass) - The police investigating the Tuesday prison break in Moscow said the escapee has been abetted by his cellmates.
"The case will be handled by the interrogating office of the Interior Ministry's department for Moscow. Under one of the versions, Oleg Topalov's cellmates helped him get away," a city police representative told Itar-Tass.
Earlier reports said the Investigative Committee /SK/ opened criminal proceedings against guards of the Matrosskaya Tishina remand prison after Topalov's escape. The SK noted that the suspect had fled just before his trial.
"The prison break occurred due to improper performance of their duties by prison personnel. Topalov is accused of serious crimes, such as the murder of two persons and weapon trafficking. He escaped just before his trial. At present, investigative actions are underway at the remand prison, aimed at ascertaining all the circumstances of the incident and the identities of the officials whose negligence allowed the defendant to escape," spokesman for the SK department for Moscow Sergei Stukalov told Tass.
Oleg Topalov, 22, a resident of Sochi, apparently escaped in the early hours of Tuesday. His absence was detected as guards were making rounds of cells at 05:00, Moscow time.
Representative of the Moscow department of the Federal Penitentiary Service Sergei Tsygankov said Topalov had escaped through a hole made in the ceiling of the cell. He climbed on the roof of the two-story building and got over the prison fence.
Topalov has been kept in remand prison since October 17, 2011, on charges of involvement in murder.
Prison personnel describe him as "inclined to escapes and mental deviations."