Russian prisoner makes rare escape from Moscow jail
MOSCOW (AFP) - A Russian prisoner charged with double murder on Tuesday escaped from one of Moscow's most formidable jails by breaking a hole in his cell ceiling, climbing through a ventilation shaft and jumping to freedom, the prison service said.
In a rare breakout, reportedly only the fourth in two decades from Moscow's Matrosskaya Tishina prison, Oleg Topalov "escaped by breaking into the ventilation shaft of his cell, which is in the ceiling," prison service spokesman Sergei Tsygankov told Channel One television.
"He then found himself on the roof of the two-storey cell block, which adjoins the main fence. He simply jumped from the roof onto the main fence, and from the fence he jumped out of the prison grounds."
It was unclear how Topalov managed to break a hole in the ceiling since cells are searched for banned objects. The only object he could have used was a spoon, a source in law enforcement told the Interfax news agency.