"Having arrived at the establishment, inmate M behaved in an extremely challenging way, expressing his unhappiness with the detention regime and categorically refusing to meet the legitimate demands of the staff – to give up his civilian clothes and change into the required uniform,"
and apparently this justified a savage beating.
While his hands were handcuffed behind his back, a group of six "men" carried out a vicious and sustained assault upon a prisoner. As he rolled on the ground he was kicked in the ribs and back, made to sit up and was slapped about the face and when he fell over was kicked repeatedly.
All off this was captured on video, originally posted on YouTube but removed before reappearing on a Russian web site. The original video is six minute long but an edited shorter version can be viewed on the Guardian's web site.
Whatever the inmate is alleged to have done while in captivity, this brutality can not be justified. What is further alarming is that two of these "macho superheroes" involved had been had been fired from serving in Russia's prison system before the incident. That begs the question of how they were able to get access to the prisoner in the first place.
Sadly I suspect that such instances are not confined to Russia. In every country there are cowardly thugs who want to don a uniform and use the protection they think it supplies to attack people they think "deserve it".
There are those who like to claim that bullies are not cowards and can be individually brave. I disagree. By definition a bully picks on those who they think are weaker and unable to fight back. In my view that makes them cowards. A brave person does not need to seek out and pick on victims who are unable to defend themselves in the way we see in the video. Indeed, they may put their own lives at risk to save those in danger. I am willing to bet that these "men" would run at the first sign of any real danger to themselves.
Cowardly scum. But the real test will be if we see prison reform designed to prevent such instances occurring in future.