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Bill on blocking of cellphones in penitentiary facilities becomes law

10:03 11/03/2021

MOSCOW, March 11 (RAPSI) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill on termination of provision of communication services in penitentiary facilities into law.

The document stipulates that in case facts of use of cellphone subscriber numbers by detainees or convicts are detected, service providers are to cease to service such numbers after receiving a respective written decision issued by the head of the federal penitentiary authority, a deputy thereof, or the head of a regional penitentiary authority, depending in whose jurisdiction the respective facility is.

The measure is planned to clamp down on illegal call centers created and operated by convicts to defraud primarily the elderly and pensioners, according to the initiative’s author, Chair of Committee on Security and Anticorruption Vasily Piskarev. The new law would also serve to cut supplies of drugs and other prohibited items to detainees; prevent witness tampering and coordination of actions of yet free coconspirators, as well as put an end to financing of criminal bosses in prisons, often carried out with the use of cellphones, the lawmaker stressed.

Chair of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy Alexander Khinshtein, in turn, commented that the move had been developed since 2014, when the scale of the problem became clear. The next step, Khinshtein said, was the introduction of criminal responsibility for repeated smuggling of cellphones to penitentiary facilities, as the current punishment did not answer the danger such a deed posed to the society.


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Bill on blocking of cellphones in penitentiary facilities becomes law

10:03 11/03/2021 Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill on termination of provision of communication services in penitentiary facilities into law.
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