Donetsk's Izoliatsia prison / Photo from

Investigators of the international organization Bellingcat have identified three war criminals who are now Russian citizens; they are reportedly involved in torture in the Izoliatsia ("Isolation"), a Donetsk-based prison run by illegal armed formations in the Russia-occupied part of Ukraine's Donetsk region.

This was announced on Facebook by Ukrainian journalist Stanyslav Aseyev (also spelled as Aseiev or Asieiev), who has survived capture by Donetsk terrorists.

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According to him, all the three men were involved in cruel torture, beatings, violations of prisoners' human dignity.

Iurii Krivonos / Photo from Asieiev's Facebook page
Photo from Asieiev's Facebook page
  • Iurii Krivonos, born in Donetsk, Ukraine, on December 29, 1978, nom de guerre "Tolstyi" ("Fat"). Russian passport: series 6019 No. 587195. He replaced "Palych" aka Denis Kulikovsky as supervisor of the Izoliatsia.
Vladimir Butenko / Photo from Asieiev's Facebook page
Photo from Asieiev's Facebook page
  • Vladimir Butenko, born in Artemivsk (presently Bakhmut), Ukraine, on May 17, 1980, nom de guerre "But" [pronounced as the word 'boot']. Russian passport: series 6019 No. 616516. Krivonos' right-hand man, one of the shift supervisors.
Ruslan Eremichev / Photo from Asieiev's Facebook page
Photo from Asieiev's Facebook page
  • Ruslan Eremichev, born in Makiyivka, Ukraine, on July 15, 1979, nom de guerre "Yermak." Russian passport: series 6019 No. 627493. His victims were mainly young girls imprisoned in the Izoliatsia.

"Now, having the data of their Russian passports, it is possible to officially file claims against the Russian Federation for violating the laws and customs of warfare, which, I hope, will be initiated both at the TCG [Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas] and by our Foreign Ministry," Aseyev said.

He also said that information about their boss, nom de guerre "Lenin," would be made public soon.

"You are people of almost the same 'dignity,' but the difference is that he ['Lenin'] stole millions and can at any moment flee to Russia with the money – while you have hit the most shameful page of history as war criminals for 40,000 Russian rubles [about US$530 per month] in payment and sausage, which you grab from Izoliatsia prisoners' food parcels," he said, addressing the three identified men.

"For 28 months, I had been listening to how you were beating women in neighboring cells, making them sing songs under torture and dragging people with burns from electric appliances into cells, where they had to continue 'propping up the so-called Wailing Wall' [a type of torture when a person should stand by the wall, leaning on elbows against the wall with hands twisted and should not lower themselves]," he added.

What is Izoliatsia

  • The Izoliatsia is a notorious secret prison in the stronghold of Russia-controlled forces, Donetsk, run by the self-styled "DPR Ministry of State Security." It was created in June 2014 at the site of the Izoliatsia art fund seized by the Russian proxies.
  • Little is known about the prison. According to media reports, prisoners may be held there for years without trial. Torture against detainees is a common occurrence. Russian citizens and former members of illegal armed formations constitute a large group of the prisoners.
  • Aseyev was released from captivity in Donbas in December 2019 as part of a large-scale swap of detainees.