It took Viacheslav Datsik a few hours to make headlines shortly after being released from prison for the first time in six years.
The controversial Russian fighter known as ‘Red Tarzan’ announced that he plans to ‘fight injustice’ by revealing the atrocities that he withstood during his time in the penitentiary.
“My son has decided to fight injustice,” Datsik’s mother, Svetlana, told reporters (h/tLifeNews). “He plans to become a human rights activist. To do this he must first finish law school. Vyacheslav is engaged in the protection of the rights of prisoners. He has offered to become a paralegal.”
Datsik fielded questions from a swarm of reporters as he exited prison and quickly detailed some of the problems he faced. He also promised to release documentation with proof and even filed a written statement to the Oktyabrsky District Court of Krasnoyarsk (h/tLifeNews).
“For all of my time in prison, I was constantly faced with the lawlessness of the local administration and management of the IR-31 [Krasnoyarsk prison],” Viacheslav Datsik said in a statement. “This unwarranted conclusion was in the form of my solitary confinement and restriction, and in some cases, obstruction in communicating with relatives and my lawyer. I would also say that I was a witness to the torture of some prisoners. It is for these reasons that I have applied to the prosecutor’s office.”
Datsik was detained in 2007 over a series of armed robberies of phone shops in St. Petersburg. Following an examination of his mental health following his proclamations that he was the son of a Slavic pagan god, it was deemed that Datsik was afflicted with schizophrenia and was not imprisoned. He was transferred to a psychiatric clinic, where he escaped in 2010 by tearing a hole in the fence. Datsik escaped to Norway, where he illegally crossed the border and handed himself in to the authorities for political asylum. He was eventually jailed again for his relations to neo-Nazism. He was extradited back to Russia in 2011 to serve the remainder of his sentence.
According to LifeNews, Datsik seemingly went on a hunger strike over the last few weeks because he feared he would never be released from prison.
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