The Russian prison system largely adopted the practices of the Gulag, human rights activists Amnesty International. A report on the conditions of transportation of prisoners in Russia published on the website of the organization.
Federal service of execution of punishments of Russia, writes Amnesty, inherited from the Soviet system of camps, the network of prisons, many of whom are former labor camp located in sparsely populated parts of the country.
Prisoners, human rights activists noted, often taken in the colony for five thousand miles from home, which is very difficult to visit relatives. “The Russian authorities finally time to destroy the legacy of the Gulag. They should stop this practice and make sure that when transporting prisoners violated international norms”, — the report says.
Speaking about transport conditions, Amnesty International notes that convicts to the colonies being taken on trains with no ventilation, no natural light, give them enough water. While it can take more than a month. The organization also noticed that relatives of convicts do not know where they are until then, until a man arrives in the colony.
Amnesty International called on the Russian authorities to reform the prison system, especially in terms of the transportation of convicts. According to human rights activists, should be to set limits on transport time, to close those colonies that are located far from settlements, and not to send a convict to jail is not in the region where he lives.
In October, the European court of human rights (ECHR) communicated a number of complaints of Russians on the terms of transportation during court proceedings. We are talking in particular about transportation in the “glass” is a small solitary cell of the paddy wagon. In addition, the Russians complained to the ECHR on the iron cage in which defendants are during the hearings.