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I was stripped naked, beaten, tortured and fed rotten potatoes full of worms in a Russian prison, says former KGB agent

An EX-KGB AN officer has revealed how he was stripped naked, beaten and brutally tortured in a Russian prison.

Former double agent Boris Karpichkov, 62, recounted how he was kept in a small cell for 23 hours a day and fed a diet of rotten potatoes infested with worms and kept behind bars.

Former spy Boris Karpichkov, 62, tortured in maximum security prison in Russia

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Former spy Boris Karpichkov, 62, tortured in maximum security prison in RussiaCredit: Simon Jones
Photos released from inside Matrosskaya Tishina prison

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Photos released from inside Matrosskaya Tishina prisonCredits: Ivan Cherkasov
One of the small cells at the facility in Moscow

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One of the small cells at the facility in MoscowCredits: Ivan Cherkasov
Harsh conditions inside the prison where Mr. Karpichkov was tortured

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Harsh conditions inside the prison where Mr. Karpichkov was torturedCredits: Ivan Cherkasov

Mr. Karpichkov told The Sun Online about his indiscriminate detention and torture in the notorious Matrosskaya Tishina prison in Moscow, in April 1997.

It happened before he defected to the UK with a suitcase full of spying secrets – and is now living in hiding as he is now. Vladimir Putindeath list.

He was held in the prison – known for numerous gruesome deaths – for nearly three months on charges after repeatedly demanding payments he said the KGB owed him.

But he was held in hellish conditions for more than two months without charge – and none of his relatives knew where he was at first.

The former ghost was eventually put under house arrest in Latvia before he fled to the UK with a fake passport he was provided with during his time as a major in Russiaof the KGB and its successor the FSB.

Mr. Karpichkov said he was sharing a room with a criminal who was arrested for three murders during his time in prison.

In a profile provided to The Sun Online, he recalls: “Shortly after my arrest, I was confined in a metal cage – similar to one used for wildlife – with thick metal bars in a Moscow detention facility.

“While in the cage, both the police officers on duty and the visiting FSB officers openly mocked and humiliated me.”

When transferred to Matrosskaya Tishina, he was kept in a small cell for 23 hours a day and was only allowed out for 60 minutes to exercise in a small courtyard.

Matrosskaya Tishina is a notorious prison used for political prisoners – and where Putin’s number one enemy, Alexei Navalnyin custody in 2021.

And Mr. Karpichkov said he was only allowed to shower once every two weeks.

He said: “Every 20 or 30 minutes the guards banged on the cell door. Just put a pillow over your head and you can sleep.”

Mr Karpichkov claimed he was also “forced to receive medical treatment” and beaten several times.

In a desperate protest at the appalling conditions he was facing, he said he had slit his own wrist.

“I felt I had no other choice,” he said.

But he insisted the move was a protest – not an attempt to take his own life.

He said: “The prison officers didn’t notice what I was doing for about thirty minutes. Finally they noticed that there was blood all over my cell and my teammates were calling out.

“I remember being forcibly dragged out of my cell, and in doing so, they hit my spine with rubber-coated metal batons.

“After that, I didn’t feel anything. The beating was to ‘teach me a lesson’ for cutting my own hand. When I woke up, my arm was still bleeding and my wound was not healed. treatment”.

When he was transferred to Matrosskaya Tishina, he was kept in a small cell for 23 hours a day

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When he was transferred to Matrosskaya Tishina, he was kept in a small cell for 23 hours a dayCredit: Alamy
Aerial shot of the infamous Matrosskaya Tishina prison in Moscow

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Aerial shot of the infamous Matrosskaya Tishina prison in MoscowCredit: Moscow Times

Mr Karpichkov, who still has a scar on his arm to this day, claimed that the guards would make him stand every few hours to show them his wound and they would “laugh mockingly”.

The former KGB major said he was left in agony from his beatings and still suffers from chronic back pain.

He said an MRI scan had revealed serious injuries to his spine.

And for months after he was released from prison, he said he had been urinating blood from a kidney injury.

Living off a meal of cabbage soup and half a rotten potato containing worms for nearly three months, Mr. Karpichkov has lost nearly 25kg.

Mr. Karpichkov believes that the real reason he was in prison was because he threatened to “make public” top secret information after the FSB refused to help him and his family move to Cyprus.

He said: “Without keeping my position, the FSB clearly decided to arrest me so that it could force me to apply for ‘asylum’ in Russia, so I was forced to continue working for them.

“They literally want to trap me in Russia so that I can deal with them as they please.”

KILL ORDER

In the end, Mr. Karpichkov accepted the offer.

“Obviously I have only two ways to get out of prison, either accept the offer, or die there and disappear,” he said.

Mr Karpichkov claims the FSB tried to hide his arrest and imprisonment in Russia – and tried to suggest that he had “disappeared”.

But an article in a Russian newspaper was published with a photo of Mr Karpichkov and the headline: “Order to ‘kill’ a KGB major.”

His arrest was made public and a reward was given to Latvian and Russian crime bosses for his assassination.

The ex said he believed the FSB had planned to “deal” with him secretly – but the news report brought the rumor to the authorities and “saved his life”.

The father of two was finally freed from prison in July 1997 after seventy-four days.

He said, “I have suffered physically and mentally because of the vile abuse and torture.”

Mr Karpichkov eventually got out of the spy game through several countries to the UK and he was granted British citizenship in 2008.

Reporter Imogen Braddick meets former KGB agent Boris Karpichkov

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Reporter Imogen Braddick meets former KGB agent Boris KarpichkovCredit: Simon Jones

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