The Verkhovna Rada Human Rights Commissioner Liudmyla Denisova stated that the conditions in Russian prisons, where more than 5,000 Ukrainian citizens are now being illegally detained, do not comply with any international standards for the treatment of prisoners, and the outbreak of coronavirus infection in the Rostov-on-Don detention center is a direct result of non-compliance with quarantine requirements. She reported this via her page on Facebook.
“The conditions in Russian penitentiary institutions, where more than 5,000 Ukrainian citizens are being illegally detained, do not comply with any international standards for the treatment of prisoners – they do not undergo proper sanitation, it is impossible to maintain social distancing, because the cells are overpopulated. An outbreak of coronavirus in pre-trial detention center #5 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Rostov Region, where Ukrainian political prisoners Eskender Abdulhaniev and Arsen Abkhairov are illegally detained, is a direct result of non-compliance with quarantine requirements”,- the report said.
Denisova emphasized that many prisoners, including the political prisoners of the Kremlin, have critical health conditions, and an outbreak of coronavirus infection can be for them/
“I appeal to the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Russian Federation, Tatyana Moskalkova, with the demand to protect the rights of citizens of Ukraine, namely to ensure appropriate conditions of detention and the provision of qualified healthcare in accordance with the requirements of the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners”,- she added.