CHELYABINSK, December 9. /TASS/. Around one hundred prisoners have staged a protest at Russian Ural’s Chelyabinsk detention center overnight to Tuesday, the regional branch of the Federal Penitentiary Service said.
Riots broke out after a convict refused to go out of a prison cell on demands of prison guards and urged other prisoners to self-maiming, the main department of the Federal Penitentiary Service said. Late at night, “losing the sight of a convict,” his neighbors from another prison cell started knocking on doors, pouring water in the corridor and setting fire to cotton-wool from mattresses.
Around 100 joined disorder, eight of them inflicted self-injuries, the main department of the Russian penitentiary watchdog said. “All of them received urgent medical aid. Special law enforcement equipment and physical force were not used against prisoners,” the main department of the penitentiary supervisory agency said.
Meanwhile, member of the public supervisory committee Valeria Prikhodkina is staying at the incident site. “I am staying outside and could not get inside. When I see all by myself, then it will be possible to say something,” she told TASS from the scene of riots.
Police have cordoned off the detention center. Acting chief of the Chelyabinsk regional penitentiary department Sergey Shuisky, Prosecutor of Chelyabinsk Region Alexander Voitovich and regional police chief Andrey Sergeyev went to the incident site.
The governor was informed about jail disturbances. He instructed law enforcers to ensure control of developments. Traffic is banned at a section of Rossiiskaya Street where the detention center is located.