Russian Security Council rules out FSIN reform because of tortures in colonies
At the last meeting, the Council discussed transferring the functions of the FSIN to the MIA.
At the last meeting of the Security Council, feasibility of transferring the functions and powers of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) to the Ministry of Internal Affairs against the background of scandals involving torture of prisoners in pre-trial facilities was addressed. As a result, it was decided to tighten control over the service, Novaya Gazeta reports, citing sources in the FSB and the presidential administration.
The Prosecutor General's Office continues to check reports of torture and other violations of the rights of prisoners in the colonies and detention centers of Russia, as well as checking the regional departments of the FSIN. Now the service is accountable to the Ministry of Justice.
It is to be recalled that the need to reform the FSIN was sounded by the head of the Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko. Earlier, a video on which employees of the penal colony №1 in Yaroslavl torture prisoner Yevgeny Makarov was published on the web. The ICR initiated a criminal case over the incident. Lawyer Irina Biryukova, who forwarded the video to the media, had to temporarily leave Russia because of the threats she received.
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