More Russian prisoners complained about violation of their rights in 2022

In 2022, prisoners began to complain more often about the violation of their rights.

According to the Commissioner for Human Rights, Tatiana Moskalkova, most complaints are related to conditions of detention, labour issues, and medical care.


On April 13, at a meeting of the expert council under the Commissioner for Human Rights, Tatiana Moskalkova stated that in 2022 she received 6,500 complaints from prisoners — 11.4% more than the previous year.

The ombudsman reported that not all complaints are confirmed, but “convicts, suspects, accused and their relatives” always receive “comprehensive explanations and possible assistance.”

Moskalkova acknowledged that “people in places of deprivation of liberty […] are deprived of many opportunities to protect their rights.” According to her, together with her colleagues, they “managed to help with conditional early release and release on medical grounds, transfer convicts for serving their sentence to the region where their relatives live, and help them reintegrate into normal society after release.”

Representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Council for Human Rights, regional commissioners, and experts were present at the meeting.



Translated by Spencer Michaels

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