Russian prosecutors to control observance of prisoners’ rights along with ombudsmen
MOSCOW, April 10 (RAPSI) – Prosecutors will get the penitentiary system under control and monitor the observance of inmates’ rights along with regional human rights commissioners, Russian ombudsman Tatiana Moskalkova said Wednesday citing the report of Prosecutor General Yury Chaika.
According to Chaika’s report read to the Federation Council, it is necessary to move beyond the penitentiary system’s closeness in Russia and prevent the recurrence of violence and tortures in prisons as was the case in the Yaroslavl Region.
In July 2018, Novaya Gazeta newspaper published a video showing an inmate being tortured by some persons wearing grey camouflage uniforms. Later, it was revealed that the victim on the video was identified as Yevgeny Makarov, who was serving his term in the Yaroslavl penal colony. The video was filmed by one of the staff members. Later, authorities launched a criminal case over torture resulting in 10 employees of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) being detained. Makarov was transferred to another penitentiary facility.
Moskalkova believes that this matter requires a special discussion.