As everyone knows, prisons, regardless of country, are strictly controlled, inside and out, with extremely solid security fences. Especially the prisons holding particularly dangerous criminals, the security level is many times higher.
Matrosskaya Tishina prison in Moscow (Russia) has long been considered the most notorious prison in the world, as well as the oldest and most famous Russian prison. This prison has an extremely solid security system, including a team of guards armed with guns, 24/7 surveillance cameras, surrounded by barbed wire. The outermost also has high retaining walls, moats, electric belts, and especially high-tech equipment.
All that makes prison one of those places with such a high level of security that criminals don’t even think about escaping. That’s why in the past 2 decades, only 3 escapes have been recorded in this prison. Since 1995, three other inmates have escaped from Matrosskaya Tishina prison. In 1995, prisoner Alexander Solonik escaped but was not recaptured. Two years later he was shot dead in Greece.
For the same reason, in 2013, a prisoner who committed a dangerous murder named Oleg Topalov (at that time 33 years old) caused a stir in public opinion when he made a very dangerous escape and surprised everyone. , unbelievable. Topalov is the fourth prisoner in 20 years to escape from this notorious prison, and the first to escape from a prison in the Russian capital in 12 years.
Image of Matrosskaya Tishina state-of-the-art prison.
The prison escape plan is as methodical as the movie
Topalov was convicted of two murders and illegal arms trafficking. He has been detained since October 2011 and most of the time until his successful escape, he only seemed to think about escaping and planned meticulously, so carefully that no one could have imagined. Topalov was once listed as a fugitive and mentally ill.
Image of prisoner escaped from prison Oleg Topalov.
When incarcerated, Topalov was always a quiet man, quiet in the eyes of other prisoners. He also has no need to talk or make friends with anyone, but always strictly follows the rules of the prison. But people often jokingly say “Think underground, punch the elephant to death”, he has proven to the world his wisdom and ingenuity.
As the first step in his escape plan, Topalov stole a stainless steel dinner spoon intended for prisoners.
Although he did not live in a single room but had to stay with 7 other people, he still silently carried out the plan by waiting for his inmates to sleep before using the stolen spoon to make holes in the ceiling. He took advantage of rainy days, lightning or other noise to avoid attracting attention. “It’s been raining for a long time”, the hole is getting bigger and bigger, and he covers the eyes of the other prisoners with the newspaper on the wall.
When the hole was big enough to squeeze through, he began to take the next step is to ask relatives outside to send clothes to braid to make a swing.
The prison break “goes down in history”
On a rainy and windy night, May 6, 2013, Topalov began his long-awaited escape. Within minutes he was through the hole, swinging to the roof of a lower building and leaping over a sturdy fence to a tram warehouse adjacent to the prison. Of course, before that, he had calculated the camera direction to ensure his position was out of sight of those “electronic eyes”.
Photo inside Matrosskaya Tishina prison.
At 5 a.m. on May 7, fellow inmates discovered Topalov’s disappearance. Immediately, Russia’s federal prison broadcast a picture of Topalov, with long curly hair, in the hope that anyone with information about the killer would report it to the authorities. The Moscow police promised to reward anyone who caught him.
Not long after that, Topalov was arrested in the Izmailovo park, northwest of Moscow. In the end, he had to spend another 4 years in prison for the crime of escaping, but the name Topalov has always been mentioned as a “prison escape legend”.