Enjoying ad-free content?
Since July 1, 2024, we have disabled all ads to improve your reading experience.
This commitment costs us $10,000 a month. Your support can help us fill the gap.
Support us
Our journalism is banned in Russia. We need your help to keep providing you with the truth.

25 Officials Disciplined Over Moscow Jailbreak

Twenty-five prison officials have been disciplined after a murder suspect escaped from a Moscow jail in May, the Federal Penitentiary Service said.

Oleg Topalov, who escaped from the Matrosskaya Tishina pretrial detention facility by making a hole in the ceiling and climbing through an air vent, was detained the following day in a nearby park.

Following an inspection initiated by prison service director Gennady Korniyenko, two officials have been dismissed while the others have been disciplined, a spokeswoman for the service said, without specifying the nature of the penalties involved.

Anatoly Tikhomirov, head of the prison service's Moscow branch, previously said conclusions had been drawn from the inspection following the escape, and a plan devised to prevent future escapes.

Only two Matrosskaya Tishina jailbreaks have been reported, both of which involved alleged murderers. One of them was Alexander "Superkiller" Solonik in 1995, linked by media to the same Kurgan crime gang as Topalov.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more