Prisoners of Astrakhan colonies complain to ECHR on imprisonment conditions

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has sent to the Russian authorities to study a complaint of 89 prisoners of Astrakhan correctional colonies No. 2 and No. 6 of the Astrakhan region penitentiary department, the press office of Zona Prava (Right Zone) human rights organization providing legal assistance to those serving time told Interfax.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has sent to the Russian authorities to study a complaint of 89 prisoners of Astrakhan correctional colonies No. 2 and No. 6 of the Astrakhan region penitentiary department, the press office of Zona Prava (Right Zone) human rights organization providing legal assistance to those serving time told Interfax.

According to the information of the press office, in this complaint prisoners accuse the authorities of violating two articles of the convention on human rights and fundamental freedoms - article 3 (ban on inhumane and humiliating treatment) and article 13 (lack of efficient means of legal protection).

In accordance with the complaint obtained by Interfax, the authors' of the document complain on unbearable imprisonment conditions. In particular, there are more prisoners in cells than bunks; there are not enough toilets and people have to queue; toilets are not separated from other areas and this is humiliating for prisoners; it is allowed to shower once a week; going to the yard for walks in very hot weather or when it snows or rains is intolerable, since it does not have a roof and any ventilation in concrete walls. Prisoners wear same clothes - synthetic pants, socks and all-season shoes - all year round, be it in summer with temperature over +35, or in winter in -20.

Prisoners are obliged to stay in the yard to walk for 40 minutes to several hours twice a day (in the morning and in the evening) regardless of weather, even in the cold, the materials say. It is possible that these were "torture with cold," authors of the complaint said.

The ECHR asks to study the complaint and reply to questions on this regard.

It has been reported that the ECHR obliged Russia to pay Akhtubinsk resident Yevgeny Bogdanov 12,500 euro as a compensation for harsh arrest conditions.

 

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