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In the last year four thousand have died in prisons and detention facilities

1 March 2013


Source: HRO.org (info
In 2012 more than four thousand people died in Russian pre-trial detention centres and prisons, reports Interfax, citing Magomedrasul Magomedrasulov, department head within the Prosecutor-General's Office of the Russian Federation. 

As is detailed in the report, on the 28th February, Magomedrasulov announced to the board of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) that last year 4,121 people died in custody. According to Magomedrasulov this is a consequence of the insufficient medical facilities afforded to convicts and suspects in custody, and the law on health care for prisoners is not being properly executed. 

A representative of the Prosecutor General's Office noted that medical facilities were not provided with enough medication and that a significant proportion of facilities have become old and do not meet current requirements, writes Lenta.ru

Reports on the deaths of prisoners and suspects in Russian prisons and pre-trial detention centres appear regularly in the media. The case which has most resonated in recent years is that of the death of Sergei Magnitsky, an investment fund lawyer for Hermitage Capital, who died in 2009 in the detention facility Matrosskaya Tishina. No one has been punished for his death. 

The Federal Penitentiary Service has recently been at the centre of several scandals. A major reform carried out by the Federal Penitentiary Service, which called for the replacement of all penal colonies by prisons, by 2012 has essentially failed. In the last three years only 13 penal colonies have been reformed, although more than 700 colonies are planned to be restructured by 2020. 

In Summer 2012 Aleksandr Reimer, the former head of the Federal Penitentiary Service was dismissed, after which he became a suspect in a fraud investigation involving the procurement of goods for prisoners and funds allocated for purchasing electronic bracelets. 

According to the new head of the Federal Penitentiary Service, Gennady Kornienko, in 2012 there were ten billion roubles unaccounted for within the Federal Penitentiary Service.
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