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Pre-trial Detention Center Warned Against Visits by Human Rights Defenders

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Moscow, April 10 – The Moscow Public Monitoring Committee has proposed canceling a key provision of the FSIN draft, which they want to oblige human rights activists to notify the pre-trial detention center of checks 48 hours in advance, Olga Druzhinina, deputy head of the capital’s committee, told the News Agency.
We have prepared a list of amendments to the draft of the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation “On Approval of the Procedure for Visiting Institutions of the Penitentiary System of the Russian Federation by Members of Public Control Commissions,” according to which the Service intends to oblige human rights activists to notify the pre-trial detention center of the inspection 48 hours ago, but it is not known whether our comments and changes have been taken into account, and the updated document has not yet been published.
In particular, according to her, it is proposed to “delete the clause on the need to notify detention centers of PMC checks”: according to the interlocutor, the draft does not create conditions for ensuring the safety of members of the PMC, but, on the contrary, jeopardizes their safety.
And she stressed that within two days, the center’s administration will be able to talk with the detained citizens and persuade them not to resort to human rights activists.

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According to the draft, the administration wants human rights activists to report a planned visit to the pre-trial detention center “no later than 48 hours.” In addition, it is proposed to exclude information about members of the PMC from information booths located in isolated wards.
The explanatory note to the draft order notes that the innovation is designed to increase “the personal security of PMC members,” and FSIN personnel will find out if there are any circumstances that “prevent PMC members from visiting places of detention.”
Chairman of the Moscow PMC Georgy Volkov, commenting on the proposal of the Federal Penitentiary Service, told the News Agency that many members of the PMC in Russia would be ready to resign if this project was adopted. According to Volkov, this proposal is “the beginning of the end for the institute, which took 15 years to build.”

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