Pre-trial detention conditions being improved in Russia


MOSCOW, September 13 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Interior Ministry is implementing a set of measures to improve the conditions of pre-trial detention centers, the ministry head said Tuesday.

"Much needs to be improved in the operation of detention centers," because the sector has been ignored for decades and lacked funds and equipment, Rashid Nurgaliyev said. "As a result, the dilapidated buildings housing such centers are unfit [for human habitation]."

According to Nurgaliyev, 105 detention centers are being constructed and 67 are set to be remodeled.

The Interior Ministry "verifies rigorous compliance with basic requirements for detention conditions that Russian legislation and the European Convention on Human Rights envisage," Nurgaliyev said, adding that the requirements also concerned internal regulations and staff actions.

He said the ministry is working closely with human rights organizations.

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