The Federation Council linked the resignation of the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service with cases of torture in colonies

Senator, member of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building Lyudmila Narusova at a meeting of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation - 1920, 11/25/2021

MOSCOW, 25 Nov – The head of the working group of the Federation Council on the development of a bill on the responsibility of employees of the Federal Penitentiary Service and law enforcement agencies for torture in colonies and pre-trial detention centers, Senator Lyudmila Narusova, believes that the resignation of the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service, Alexander Kalashnikov, is associated with cases of torture in colonies.
Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier released Kalashnikov from the post of head of the Federal Penitentiary Service, the Kremlin press service quoted the corresponding decree.
“I hope that this resignation is connected precisely with situations of torture in colonies. The Federal Penitentiary Service actively opposed the passage of the bill on responsibility for torture,” Narusova said. According to her, Putin is closely monitoring this area.
In addition, Narusova emphasized, the prosecutor’s office and the Investigative Committee should closely tackle the problem of torture in colonies and pre-trial detention centers. “It’s not about the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service, there is not enough supervision of the prosecutor’s office and the Investigative Committee, they do not want to prosecute those responsible,” the senator said.
On Monday, Narusova announced that a bill on punishment for torture in colonies and pre-trial detention centers would be ready and submitted to the State Duma by the end of the year. The document provides for punishment of up to 10 years in prison for employees of the Federal Penitentiary Service and law enforcement agencies for this crime.
Earlier, Narusova said that the developed bill should provide for the appearance of a separate article in the Criminal Code for the use of torture by employees of the Federal Penitentiary Service and law enforcement agencies with a maximum responsibility of up to 10 years in prison. Currently, torture in colonies and pre-trial detention centers falls under the administrative article on abuse of office, but this is too soft an article, it only provides for dismissal, Narusova noted.

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