- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Representatives of the Russian Federation on Wednesday demanded answers from the United States after a Russian national died over the weekend while in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

Russian’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a representative with the country’s consulate in California said Wednesday that they were awaiting further details from U.S. officials with regards to the death of Igor Zyazin, a 46-year-old Russian man who was found unresponsive in an ICE detention center on Sunday and pronounced dead soon after.

Zyazin was detained on April 24 while trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico, immigration officials said. It was determined that he had previously been deported from the U.S. seven years earlier, but he did not otherwise have a criminal record in the country.

Immigration officials said Zyazin was being transported from a detention center to a hospital in San Diego on Sunday evening when he died. A cause of death has not yet been announced. 

The Russian national’s death was confirmed by immigration officials on Monday, but authorities in Moscow want more information about his passing and the week he spent in U.S. custody.

The press secretary for the Russian consulate said in a statement Wednesday that Moscow was waiting for further details concerning the man’s death, while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said separately that U.S. officials must conduct a prompt and thorough investigation.

In a statement Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for human rights, democracy and the rule of law alleged that the U.S. failed to notify Russia immediately of his arrest and said the incident confirms the “extremely unfavorable” human rights standards in American prisons.

Six individuals have died in ICE custody during fiscal year 2016, immigration officials said.

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