MOSCOW, August 30 (RIA Novosti) – Police are on the hunt for two escaped convicts who got away from a correctional facility in Russia’s southern Volgograd region after fooling the guards into thinking they were still in bed.
The escapers, who were being held at a medical correctional facility in the city of Uryupinsk, were named by police as Alexander Bayev, born in 1982 and serving eight years for theft, and Alexander Sevostyanov, born in 1994 and serving two and a half years for theft and car burglary.
Police said the men’s absence was discovered at 4 a.m. during a regular night check. The two had stuffed blankets on their beds to make it appear that they were still fast asleep under the covers.
The breakout follows another escape from a Moscow maximum-security prison in May, when 33-year-old Oleg Topalov broke out of the Matrosskaya Tishina pretrial detention facility by using a spoon to widen a ceiling air vent. He was caught the next day in Moscow’s Izmailovo park with the help of a police dog.