The Human Rights Council is preparing a report for President Vladimir Putin on “systemic violence” within the FSIN, writes “Kommersant”. The speech in the report will focus on violence against prisoners, extortion of money and coercion to frank confessions.
The HRC report will be prepared following the results of the inspection of Russian colonies, which ends on Friday, December 3. It will be presented to the leadership of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova and Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov, and the conclusions will be presented to President Vladimir Putin.
The head of the HRC Valery Fadeev hopes that his colleagues will have time to prepare “systemic solutions” to the problem of torture in colonies. Among the proposals, Kommersant found out, there are already increases in the salaries of FSIN employees and their qualifications, as well as the “inevitability of punishment” for those of them who use torture.
HRC members began checking the colonies in mid-November after the human rights project Gulagu.net published videos of prisoners being tortured in the Saratov region.
In addition to this region, the council members visited correctional institutions in Mordovia and the Kirov region. As the HRC explained, judging by the prisoners’ reports, these are the most “problematic” territories from the point of view of torture.