SSU investigates head of russian torture chamber in temporarily occupied Luhansk region

The SSU has documented war crimes of another enemy accomplice from the temporarily occupied part of Luhansk oblast.

The suspect is Ihor Okhrimenko, a former official of the local unit of the disbanded ‘militsiya’ [police force], who supported russia’s full-scale invasion.

After the capture of Starobilsk, he collaborated with the aggressor. In June 2022, with the approval of russia’s federal penitentiary service, he was appointed head of one of occupation prisons.

This institution functioned as a torture chamber, where members of the resistance movement were taken.

According to the investigation, it was Okhrimenko who organized the security of the cells and perimeter of the russian jail, where the abducted people were held.

The chief personally took part in numerous episodes of torture that took place in the facility.

Illegally detained prisoners were kept for long periods of time without food and water, and the wardens simulated their executions.

In such a way, Okhrimenko tried to ‘beat out’ consent of the victims to cooperate with the invaders.

He was subsequently appointed head of another occupation ‘detention centre’ in the temporarily occupied Luhansk, where he continues to participate in repressions against locals.

Based on the evidence, the SSU notified Okhrimenko of suspicion in absentia under Articles 28.2, 438.1 of the CCU (cruel treatment of civilians, committed by a group, upon prior conspiracy).

The suspect is hiding in the temporarily occupied part of eastern Ukraine. Efforts are underway to detain and bring him to prosecution.

The investigation was carried out by the SSU Office in Donetsk and Luhansk regions under the procedural supervision of Luhansk Region Prosecutor’s Office.