Russia and India agree on prisoner exchange treaty

Vladimir Putin signed a law ratifying an agreement between Russian and India on the transfer of prisoners who have been convicted to prison, according to information from the Kremlin’s website.

Vladimir Putin signed a law ratifying an agreement between Russian and India on the transfer of prisoners who have been convicted to prison, according to information from the Kremlin’s website.

The aim of the treaty is to: “create an international legal framework for Russian-Indian cooperation for transferring individuals, who are serving prison terms, to their country of citizenship where they will complete their sentences ".

The document is intended to protect the rights and legal interests of Russian citizen’s stated the Kremlin.

The treaty contains other rules than those stipulated by Russian Federation legislation, as well as providing standards, regulating basic human and civil rights and freedoms. For example, a transfer may be denied if the convicted individual has not met financial obligations arising from sentencing, or according to the sentencing state, has not received a sufficient guarantee that conditions will be met.

Civil rights are strengthened in that no one can be trialed a second time for the same crime. And also with regard to the individual being transferred to the government to carry out the sentence, the same legal consequences of the conviction are maintained both for the individual convicted on the territory of the country for committing the same crime.

The treaty itself was signed in Moscow on 21 October 2013 at the conclusion of talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

First published in Russian by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

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