Prisoners from the colony №18 addressed to our organization. They all complained on awful living conditions, which do not meet demands.
According to the prisoners, they wash at the best twice a month, sometimes even more rarely by reason of lack of fuel or water. When prisoners ask the administration of the colony: «Why there is no fuel?». The administration replies simply and clear:»What about you? Did you bring fuel with you?»
Though it was written in prison’s rules book that a prisoner has a rights for bath not less than 1 a week. The roof of place for washing is fell down more than 2 months ago, and prisoner say that it’s for good there was nobody inside. The administration just put some wood boards despite of the usual temperature in Sosva -20 which is minimal temperature in that region.
Conditions of living place there is nothing better: it’s in critical condition, it’s really cold inside. Toilets are located outside and these place are not cleaned for years. Food that is given in colony doesn’t meet accepted standards. And also the administration does not admit food from people who are no relatives for prisoners (without reasons). What if a prisoner does not have a relative? Personnel of the prison has the answer:»Live without food». The Head of the colony № 18 Orlov A.C made an order about weekend, they are simply forbidden and packages from relatives can be sent only with expensive service.
In punishment rooms there are no heating system and water supply at all, batteries are covered with ice, on the walls there is water all the time. Morning and evening checking is held outside even if the temperature is more than -25 degrees.
As well prisoners complain on prison personnel who conduct personal search in rude way.
Sooner we are going to visit the penal colony № 18 and meet prisoners, who send us their claims. We will try to help them because as we know prisoner sending us claims are already in the punishment rooms.
In August 2012 prisoners stated that their food is taken away, now they complain on horrible conditions. We have been there and we can say that situation is really disastrous. Photos of the colony where personnel is working. Security conditions are ZERO level. The building is about to ruin down.
It’s possible that building is reconstructed and now it is comfortable for personnel. The Head of the colony is in another building which is new and comfortable. Well, I guess we have to ask some questions to the Federal Service for Execution of Punishment of Sverdlovsk region.
Aleksey Sokolov, Svetlana Malyugina.