Yesterday, on 23 June 2015 two brave human rights defenders of the Urals: Director of Association «Legal Basis» Aleksey Sokolov and lawyer Roman Kachanov again entered the struggle with prison-2 (so-called «Vladimirsky central») at the Vladimir regional court. There the case about denial of access for Aleksey Sokolov as an expert of Fund «For convicts’ rights protection» to his client was being heard.
Court of the first instance in Vladimir satisfied a motion from convict P. and Fund «For convicts’ rights protection»: judge N.Batorshina satisfied their demands and declared actions of prison administration to be unlawful (denial of access for Aleksey Sokolov on 22-24 October 2014 and refusal to put down reasons for denial).
Having examined motion of prison administration, Ural defenders were surprised with phrase: «Administration of prison-2 in the Vladimir region considers that decision had been made without cause and it doesn’t serve the interests of penitentiary system«. So we may conclude that prison officers think law is not important but some unknown » the interests of penitentiary system».
Lawyer Roman Kachanov paid attention to this fact and said that there is no such term like the «interests of penitentiary system». According to art.1 of the Federal law «On facilities and state bodies implementing the penal code» penitentiary system is based on principle of legality, humanism and respect of human rights. Here are real interests of penitentiary system. It’s very bad that officers doesn’t realize it.
In their opinion, denial of access for defenders is meet the interests of penitentiary system. «Why do they twist law?»
In general, explanation of prison motion was the same as it had been in the court of the first instance there court rejected it. Judicial board left for the consultation room on 20 seconds. After that they announced court decision: to uphold the decision of the Frunzensky court.
Besides, prison officers tried to challenge decision in the Prosecutor office. First Vladimir prosecutor office and prosecutors V.Melnik and A.Smirnov declared actions of administration to be legal.
However, defenders’ complaints worked. Before court hearing defenders received a responce signed by A.Kayushkin who said that previous decisions of prosecutors had been unlawful. It said also that «Prosecutor office has prepared Order to Head of the Federal Service for Execution of punishment in the Vladimir region to correct violations.»
Human rights defenders of the Urals