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Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

…beatings, torture, malnourishment and rampant tuberculosis in Russia’s overcrowded jails

Posted by Info on 01/07/2009

Prisoners ‘preferred Guantanamo’ to justice back home in Russia

“In Guantanamo they treat him humanely and the conditions are fine,” Amina Khasanova, the mother of Andrei Bakhitov, told the newspaper Gazeta. “I am terribly scared for my son in a Russian prison or court system.”

Russian jails, where inmates may be held 20 to a cell, tuberculosis is rampant and hygiene minimal, have been condemned as “deadly”.

Although the death penalty has been abolished in Russia, Muslim prisoners held on “terrorism” charges may be persecuted by fellow prisoners and prison staff angered by the terrorist attacks on civilians by Chechen rebels.

Allegations of torture and beating in remand custody are commonplace.

One Response to “…beatings, torture, malnourishment and rampant tuberculosis in Russia’s overcrowded jails”

  1. Russian jails are respecting the concept of a jail. Why to respect the human rights for a man who does not respect other’s human rights. That’s the main reason why he is now in a jail.

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