Human rights visit to the penal colony № 5 and prison hospital of Nizhnii Tagil city


Human rights trip to Nizhnii Tagil (Sverdlovsk region) with the following defenders: chairman of trans-regional center of human rights- Roman Kachanov and new expert of this organiztion Elena Nikolayeva was organized on March 11, this Monday.Human defenders visited two penal colonies №5 and № 51 where they met three prisoners. In penal colony № 5 there was a meeting with prisoner Bocharov and B.

Bocharov explained that he served his sentence in penal colony № 46 ( Nevyansk city), followed all rules, he was on light duties and characterized well. Nevertheless, on March 9, he was transferred to the colony №5 without any reasons. The prisoner considers it is illegal, because according to criminal and penal law, prisoners are supposed to serve their sentence at one place and unwarranted transfers are no allowed. Human defenders promised to take legal measures to bring him back to colony №46.

Another prisoner Bai.….  Moscow human defenders asked to check his situation. He explained that he was in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area’s colony, close to Surgut city and he is an ethic Chechen. But in the beginning of year he was transferred to Sverdlovsk region, penal colony №5. He also thinks that it is illegal, because there are no grounds. Besides prisoner B. told that in colony he is persecuted by administration personnel and «prisoners-activists», who are, in fact, against law fulfill administrative functions in this colony. Persecutions are consist of fault-finding, fabrication of documents, disciplinary penalties. According to the prisoner he was kept in  «hospital glass» during 24 hours from 3 to 4 of March. The prisoner does not have a clue what administration wants from him, but he supposes that it might be because of his nationality, discrimination. Human defenders promised to take legal measures about his legal rights.

In prison hospital №51 human defenders met the prisoner Bad..… Against the law, meeting with defenders (there was one lawyer among them) held not in privacy but in a room for short meeting, behind the «glass» that could not provide normal legal help. The Head of hospital prison E. M. Mamedov explained that he cannot give a room for private meeting because there is no such a room here. Roman Kachanov heard it not for the first time in colony. So it seems that it is fault of Federal Penitentiary Service which did not finance for this room. Is it possible to send a claim to court about Federal Penitentiary Service and will it change the situation? Or maybe they change it on their own? Anyway, human defenders support the option — on their own.

The prisoner Bad….. explained after he met lawyer Kachanov on February 21, 2013 in colony №46, he had chest x-ray, on February 21, he was moved to prison hospital №51 with diagnosis «double-sided blackout», then he was tested again and diagnosis was different, no medication was not put on him. However he is still in there in sanitary ward alone.

Prisoner Bad…. proved previous statements (which were taken away from Roman Kachanov, by the way on February 21) that him and other prisoners are constantly under pressure and tortures from two administration personnel of colony №46, by Nikolayev and Popov. In his report Badd.. gave facts of unwarranted actions from them. Besides he said  colony №46 is controlled by other prisoners as jailers, but there are no such a duty at all, they were forbidden.  It can be proved with videotaping from «open zone», but according to the prisoner, personnel very often put away cameras or tape what they want. Personnel provoke prisoners to add time for them as well.

Badd.. also speaks about complete nonfeasance of public prosecution office, which does not take measures for correction the situation in colony №46.

Defenders made promises to bring guilty people from colony № 46 to justice.





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