The Commissioner for human rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova proposed to legislate the right of prisoners to transfer to prison closer to their families. According to her, today the law prescribes only two cases of compulsory transfer of a prisoner closer to his family are safe and disease. But simply transfer nearer to the place of residence is not provided. However, she noted that this should not be the responsibility of the Federal penitentiary service, but only encouragement for exemplary prisoners.
“Regarding the penal system considered it necessary to adopt a law on the right of transfer of the sentenced person closer to relatives. There was no colony where the reception of citizens in front of me would not put the question of transferring closer to relatives”, – quotes its TASS.
The Ombudsman explained that a few days ago to her once again requested a transfer to another colony for family reasons. “Last – when I visited the Dading (opposition activist Ildar Dading serving time in a colony Segezha in Karelia). I was approached by a man living near Grozny. He has a wife with young children and elderly mother, who never in Karelia will not reach, because it’s expensive,” – said Moskalkova.
The human rights activist noted that the results of the verification of the statement of Ildar Dading complained of torture in the colony, will announce in a week, reports “Interfax”. November 3, Tatiana Moskalkova visited the colony, suggesting following the meeting, to transfer the prisoner to another colony due to the identified conflict with the leadership. Today she again spoke in favor of the transfer.
In addition, the Ombudsman proposed to avoid the procedure of pre-investigation checks, “actually duplicate investigative actions”. “Since when receives treatment, immediately have to work the whole mechanism of the criminal process, including counsel, of the possibility of state protection for those who asked. And, of course, for the investigator to create the necessary conditions so that he can immediately intervene in the case and it works to protect the interests of the victim. Today preliminary examination is carried out up to a month. That is, until the month the person is in a strange position – he has no status, neither the victim nor the accused, the suspect,” said she.
Moskalkova also signed a cooperation agreement with the Federal bailiff service (FSSP). The new agreement provides for verification of information about mass or gross violations of the rights and freedoms of citizens, taking measures to eliminate violations of human rights in the activities of structural divisions of the Federal bailiff service.
“For example, start to check why it is not carried out the resettlement of dilapidated housing, but now we are approaching the problem that local authorities do not include the residents of these homes in target Federal programs. It is necessary to understand, whether it’s negligence, inability for funding to solve the problem, or is having other problems. From this address we are monitoring the issue throughout the country and are already integrated,” said TASS, the Ombudsman. Among such questions is, according to her, the failure to pay child support, a lien on the property which you cannot recover.
In August 2016 there was a scandal involving the Ombudsman – it was reported that Tatiana Moskalkova interrupted the interview with the journalist of “Novaya Gazeta” Paul Kanygin in the 33rd minute, calling his questions “one-sided”, and then dropped it from his car. The conversation took place in the car of the Ombudsman where she was on a youth forum in the Vladimir oblast. According to the special correspondent, an hour after the incident Moskalkova found him, asking them not to publish the interview, because it “looks bad”.
However, the editors still published the interview. It Moskalkova, at the request of the journalist evaluating the resonance laws on NGOs, the law on rallies, “Dima Yakovlev law” banning foreign adoptions and the law against LGBT people, said that the rights of sexual minorities in Russia does not infringe upon, they just can’t adopt children. When talking about the grants allocated to NGOs Moskalkova has made it clear that he had not heard of the Moscow Helsinki group, and the name of the “Memorial” just forgot, denoting it as a “Foundation letter “M”.