Federal Penitentiary Service explains cases of prisoner torture and abuse

Federal Penitentiary Service explains cases of prisoner torture and abuse
Valery Maksimenko

According to Maksimenko, the comparison of the Russian prison system with the GULAG is unacceptable.

Federal Penitentiary Service Deputy Director Valery Maksimenko called the comparison of his department with the Soviet government labor camps GULAG incorrect. He said this in an interview with Interfax.

“There is no GULAG heritage in our system,” the high-ranking prison official said. He also stressed that these times have already sunk into oblivion.

According to Maksimenko, the comparison of the Russian and Soviet prison systems is unacceptable.

“If we understand the essence of the GULAG as a massive violation of human rights, unjust sentences, executions, torture, and testimony, how can this be compared with the current situation?” the Federal Penitentiary Service deputy head told journalists.

Maksimenko said that he did not associate cases of torture and beatings in the Federal Penitentiary Service with the legacy of the GULAG.

“Pardon the expression, someone is just brainless; there are employees who don’t want to work,” Maksimenko explained the cases of torture and bullying in the department.

In addition, he said that the Federal Penitentiary Service’s fight with such officers would be “tough and uncompromising.” Maksimenko assured that they were getting rid of such prison guards in the department.

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