This file photo taken on November 11, 2005 shows a prisoner in a life-term prison in Russia's Vologda region, some 370 km from Moscow. / AFP / MAXIM MARMUR
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Alexander Zarechnev is one of a growing number of Russians to break their silence over violence and torture in Russian prisons after a widely shared video of guards beating an inmate shocked the country. Speaking to AFP over the FaceTime app, Zarechnev spoke about the eight years of hell – during which he was subjected to daily beatings and witnessed gang rape – that he endured in a prison colony after being found guilty of violent robbery as a 22-year-old in 2010 .Freed just a month ago, the former DJ served his sentence in the IK-14 colony near Nizhny Novgorod, 400 kilometers east of Moscow, dubbed "the camp of torture" by local NGOs. It was only after several complaints were filed to the Committee Against Torture that the prison director was arrested and sentenced to seven years in a camp in 2016 .After prosecutors refused to open an investigation against the prison administration no less than six times, Nadezhda filed a suit to the European Court of Human Rights.
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