At least four people died an unnatural death in the Simferopol pre-trial detention center (SIZO-1) controlled by Russian authorities. Two were Crimean Tatars, reported the Crimean Human Rights Group.
"The Crimean Human Rights Group has information that on April 6, Server Bilyalov, 69 years old, and Oleg Goncharov, 46 years old were allegedly found hanged. On April 12, 23-year-old Dmitry Shipovnik was also found hanged in the punishment cell," human rights activists said. On April 13, in cell number 8 where newcomers are placed in so-called "quarantine," 39-year-old Islam Iskerov was found with his throat cut. He had been transported to Simferopol from Dzhankoy.
Human rights activists do not know what exactly caused the death of these people but they are not convinced that these were suicides.
According to the information of the human rights activists, Server Bilyalov was expecting the termination of the criminal process and the release after the new evidence on his case was found. Dmitry Shipovnik was "found" dead in the punishment cell. Prisoners are only placed there, alone, after careful personal examination and under constant supervision.
Activists also say that it is unclear what could have made Islam Iskerov cut his throat.
The official websites of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, the Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation, and the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation contain absolutely no information on these deaths.