RUSSIALINK: “Prosecutors must ensure proper prison conditions – Putin” – Interfax

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MOSCOW. March 19 (Interfax) – Prosecutors must step up monitoring of conditions in jails and prisons, President Vladimir Putin said.

“The penal system must remain under the constant scrutiny of prosecutors,” Putin said at a meeting with senior prosecution officials on Tuesday.

“Together with colleagues from the [Federal Penitentiary Service] FSIN, regional human rights commissioners and representatives from human rights organizations, prosecutors have an obligation to increase their overseeing of the conditions of incarcerated people” and “ensure strict compliance with modern standards for prisons and medical assistance,” he said.

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