During one defenders’ trip to penal colony №55 in Verkhoturie, convicts detained in ward-type rooms complained on no smoking rule in there. Besides colony administration denied Expert Council member under Ombudsman Aleksey Sokolov to provide a meeting with convicts on the ground of their refusal.
As we found out later inmates didn’t refuse from Aleksey’s help, on the contrary they were looking forward to it. It turned out administration simply deceived human rights defender.
Upon these facts a claim was sent to Nizhetagiskaya prosecutor office on supervision over observance of laws in correctional facilities but response was no violation, everything is fine.
Aleksey Sokolov and Larisa Zakharova didn’t agree with absurd opinions of prosecutor S.I.Alekseyev and appealed against his lack of action. Here we got a response signed by supervisor over observance of laws in correctional facilities A.V.Vasilyev who agreed with human rights defenders’ facts that inmates in ward-type rooms may have cigarettes and matches.
As for smoking prohibition in ward-type rooms again prosecutor didn’t see any violations because ban is set by colony chief and he considers it legal based on Federal Law » On the Public Health Protection from smoking protection in the Russian Federation.» Due to it convicts are allowed to smoke only once a day during walking. Everybody doesn’t care that inmates cannot smoke inside of wards. Also prosecutor didn’t find any law breaks in part of meetings deny to Sokolov.
We are going to go to the court. There we are going to find the truth why one prosecutor lies idle and another sees with only one eye.
Human rights defenders of the Urals.