Vladimir Putin instructed the Ministry of Justice and the Prosecutor General’s Office to prepare proposals by June 1 to prevent torture and bullying in pre-trial detention centers and colonies.
“The Ministry of Justice of Russia, together with the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation, to analyze the practice of applying the criminal-executive legislation of the Russian Federation and, if necessary, prepare proposals aimed at preventing the use of illegal methods of influence against persons held in custody and sentenced to imprisonment,” message.
Minister of Justice Konstantin Chuichenko and Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov were appointed responsible.
During a press conference, Putin previously statedthat the problem of unworthy, cruel treatment of people in places of deprivation of liberty is a worldwide problem. “We need to calmly work with this,” he said.
In early October, the Gulagu.net project reported that it had more than 40 GB of videos, documents and photos at its disposal. These files testify to cases of mass torture in Russian penitentiary institutions. The inmates were raped and beaten, and they extorted money and information using torture. Vladimir Osechkin said that he received a video from a former prisoner-programmer Sergei, who “was beaten and tortured himself, and then they decided to use it as a professional.”
After publications in the media, the Department of the Investigative Committee for the Saratov Region opened a criminal case under the article on violent acts of a sexual nature committed by a group of persons by prior conspiracy. The head of the Saratov Federal Penitentiary Service resigned.