Death rate at Moscow prisons drops by one-fifth

The number of Moscow jail inmates' complaints to doctors has increased significantly and the mortality rate among them has dropped almost by 20 percent, Moscow Prosecutor Sergei Kudeneyev said at a meeting with colleagues on Friday.

"As a result of measures being taken by the city prosecution authorities and the Moscow Directorate of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service the situation around medical and prophylactic work has stabilized," the Moscow prosecutor said.

The number of people referred to municipal hospitals for consultation and treatment has risen by 36 percent, the number of suspects and accused released from custody for health reasons has increased significantly, he said.

Also, in the first half of 2012 the mortality rate among Moscow inmates dropped by 19 percent on the same period in 2011, the prosecutor said.

Overall, 92 checks were conducted by prosecutors in the first half of 2012, which resulted in 78 prison staff being disciplined, the detected law violations have been rectified at the prosecutors' demand, the Moscow prosecutor said.

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