Russia: 'Prisoner's lawyer will be provided with protection' — official comments to prison torture scandal

Mikhail Fedotov, Chairman of the Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights, agreed that Irina Biryukova, the lawyer who released footage of a prisoner being beaten up in the colony No. 1 of Yaroslavl, should be provided with the state protection, Yaroslavl Region on Monday. After publishing the video, Biryukova reportedly left Russia due to threats and applied... Еще for the state protection. The human rights chief said it was imperative to provide all employees at the Federal Penitentiary Service (FPS) with digital video recorders (DVRs). «It is necessary that every employee who works directly with prisoners should have a DVR, so that not a single minute of his time is not captured on the DVR,» Fedotov said, adding that removal of a DVR should be carry serious consequences for prison staff. Commissioner for Human Rights of the Yaroslavl Region Sergei Baburkin, said that 17 members of the correctional colony have been suspended from their duties with 6 people being detained. The prisoner, Evgenii Makarov, was filmed being beaten up with batons and fists by prison guards. The video was released by Russian Novaya Gazeta newspaper on Friday. The abuse reportedly took place on June 29, 2017, and was captured by a portable video recorder, which Federal Penal Enforcement Service employees are required to carry by law.

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