The possibility of changes in the FSIN system after the change of leadership is assessed

Human rights activist Litvinovich: it would be right if the FSIN was headed by a civilian

Change of leadership of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) gives hope an end to torture in Russian prisons. So the possibility of changes in the work of the FSIN in a conversation with “” was assessed by the human rights activist Marina Litvinovich.

According to her, the decision to resign Alexander Kalashnikov and the appointment of Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Russia Arkady Gostev to this post is the result of the publication of leaked archives with torture from the prison hospital of the Saratov colony.

I interpret this as a transfer of control over the system FSIN from FSB to Ministry of Internal Affairs. Why is it important? Because torture is the method of work of operatives, and operatives are FSB officers. (…) The Ministry of Internal Affairs is a different structure, there are slightly different people, with different ideas about life. Therefore, the decision is not bad.

Marina Litvinovich human rights activist

At the same time, Litvinovich noted that it was worth appointing a civilian to eradicate torture in colonies. “Because when we talk about correcting people, about their rehabilitation, about their return to life in society, this is not power work, but rather peaceful, civilian work,” the human rights activist explained.

Litvinovich stressed that the system of correctional punishment in Russia must be completely changed, which means that it is necessary to pay attention to the approach and philosophy. “It would be correct if not now, but at least in a year or two the FSIN was headed by a civilian,” she concluded.

Earlier on November 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin fired the head of the FSIN Alexander Kalashnikov. His resignation came against the backdrop of a torture scandal in the Russian colonies. Instead of Kalashnikov, they appointed Arkady Gostev, who until today was the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs.

In early October, the founder of the human rights project Vladimir Osechkin said that the organization had received and removed from Russia more than 40 gigabytes of video files , which confirm the systemic nature of torture in Russian colonies and pre-trial detention centers in Irkutsk, Vladimir and Saratov regions. In November, a human rights project showed footage of prisoners being bullied in the Saratov region. According to human rights activists, rape and torture of prisoners was committed not only by warders, but also by other convicts who allegedly acted on the instructions of high-ranking officers of the Federal Penitentiary Service and security forces.



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