Spoon Prison Escape: How Did Oleg Topalov Use A Tablespoon In Moscow Jail Break?

By Staff Reporter on May 8, 2013 10:50 AM EDT

Oleg Topalov
Spoon prison escape at Moscow prison was reported on Tuesday. Fugitive Oleg Topalov is wanted for two counts of murder. (Photo: Federal Prison Service)

A daring spoon prison escape was reported at Matrosskaya Tishina, a maximum security jail at Moscow, Russia. Matrosskaya Tishina, which is Russian for "Seaman's Silence," has served as a prison since 1945 and famously held the plotters of the 1991 Soviet coup d'état attempt.

In seven decades, only three prisoners have managed to escape Matrosskaya Tishina. Yesterday, 32-year-old prisoner Oleg Topalov became the fourth when guards discovered Topalov was missing from his cell.

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Oleg Topalov was due to appear in court for two counts of murder and illegal possession of firearms. According to RIA Novosti, Topalov is also linked to a slain Russian mafia overlord. Topalov had been held in prison on remand for a year and a half before the spoon prison escape.

A prison investigation indicated that Topalov useded a tablespoon to carve a hole into the ceiling of his cell until it was large enough for him to escape via the prison ventilation system. Next, Topalov reached the building's roof and lowered himself to the ground using rope he fashioned from bed sheets. After making his way to the Gilyarovsky psychiatric hospital, Topalov successfully disappeared into the streets.

"It was established that Oleg Topalov used a spoon to scrape away the cement and brickwork from the wall of the ventilation shaft in his cell," an investigator said.

According to the investigators, the spoon prison escape was only possible due to the deterioration of the building. After decades of operation, building maintenance at Matrosskaya Tishina is long overdue.

"Because of the building being run-down, Topalov had no difficulty in widening the vent of the air-shaft, through which he got to the prison's roof," said Russian Federal Penitentiary Service representative Kristina Belousova.

Moscow police have already begun their manhunt and has announced a large reward will be given to any informant with substantial information that can lead to Oleg Topalov's capture.

Learning about Oleg Topalov's spoon prison escape, mother Yekaterina Topalova plead for her son's life in an interview with Life News tabloid. "I do not want [police] to fire a bullet into his head! He turned himself to police before his arrest. We do not believe he is guilty and we want to prove this to everyone. We want more time for this!"

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