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July 15th, 2007. Posted in News from Belarus

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Complaints to a feed from condemned did not act

“For last years, except for your application, from condemned prisons №1 and the persons taken into custody, did not act any complaint about discrepancy of norms of a fee and quality of given out products”. Such answer has been received from management of Penalty Executions Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus signed by the deputy chief of management U.E. Zezulja on the application “about necessity of acceptance of measures on improvement of a feed of the persons taken into custody, in prison (pre-trial prison) №1 of Grodno”.

Complaints to a bad feed, on short contents Valery Levaneuski submitted both during being in pre-trial prison-1, and after clearing.

Here that the prisoner of their chamber №11 in pre-trial prison on 9/28/2004 in the complaint to action of officials wrote to the chief of prison №1:

“Once again I pay your attention to a bad feed, short contents and non-observance of norms of the feed established for persons, taken into custody. The daily portion of meat stipulated by the law in 70 gram on the person, does not stand out, and if give out, in some times below norm.

9/28/2004 the put portion of a fish has not been given out.

On the basis of the above-stated I ask:

1. To provide a feed taken into custody not below the norms established by the Government of Belarus.

2. To consider the problem on attraction of officials to the responsibility on the facts short of products to the persons taken into custody.

9/28/2004 V.S.Levaneuski”

The complaint was it is submitted in connection with that in prison №1 of Grodno in which there was a political prisoner from May, 2004 till October, 2004, the rights of the persons taken into custody, to reception of a feed according to the norms established by the Government of Belarus were regularly broken. Meat and a fish, practically, did not stand out. And a diet of “convicts” is small and poor. But even half of the feed stipulated by norms, did not stand out. Soup on norm should consist of 60-70 percent of “grounds” and weigh 600 gram. Instead of such soup “convicts” give a bowl with boiled water in which slightly something sometimes floats. The porridge which is gave out to convicts in the chamber, for weight is diluted by water. Pearl barley, ground cereal, an oats- is basis of all dishes. Norm –is 100 gram a day. Rice, buckwheat and other “human” grouts –is a limit of dreams. I did not see, that condemned cooked I food from such grouts in prison №1 of Grodno.

Convicts, as a rule, do not see vegetables and fruit. And if it is gave out, in the form of half-rotten sauerkraut. About a word “salad” it is possible to forget. The food, teas publish an unpleasant smell. To complain there is nobody, and it is dangerous – they will start “to press”.

The real control over quality of a feed and it norm, actually, no.

Here such paradox. Convicts who have visited prison №1 of Grodno consider that their rights to reception of a feed on norms are broken, and the administration approves, that all at them by way of. According to administration of Prison №1 of Grodno all in prison has already changed. Products “convicts” give out on norm. Only convicts approve the return.

After clearing Valery also has lifted this question and asked in the applications:

1. To inspect on quality of a feed and quanty of given out products to the persons taken into custody, in prison №1 of Grodno.

2. To inform the norms of a feed established for accused, in pre-trial prison-1 of Grodno.

3. To arrange, stipulated by the law, on maintenance of delivery of a daily portion of meat and a fish to the persons taken into custody, in prison №1 of Grodno.

4. To provide inclusion in a food allowance of the accused and condemned rice, buckwheat , eggs boiled (even once a week), salads from fresh vegetables and fruit.

Unfortunately, the management of Penalty Executions Department of Ministry of Internal Affairs RB ignores this problem and is engaged in formal replies. And can they it is valid do not know what is done in prisons?

Here that is spoken in the next answer on this problem from department:

“Norms of a feeding in prison №1 strictly correspond to requirements of the Decision of Ministerial council of Belarus 156 from 3/24/1992 « About the statement of norms of a daily contentment condemned to imprisonment, and as the persons who are being investigatory insulators, medical-labor dispensaries of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus ». Condemned and the persons taken into custody in full receive the feed providing normal ability to live of an organism. For last years, except for your application, from condemned prisons №1 and the persons{faces} taken into custody, did not act any complaint about discrepancy of norms of a feed and quality of given out products.

Your statement about absence of the real control over quality of a feed and its norms mismatches the objective validity. The control and supervision of observance of norms of delivery of food stuffs and their quality is regularly carried out not only higher departments (Penalty Executions Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus, management of Penalty Executions Department on the Grodno area), but also bodies of Office of Public Prosecutor, the State control, sanitation service the Department of Internal Affairs of Grodno regional executive committee. So, during 2005 – 2006 all set forth above departments had been carried out checks of prison №1 for observance of norms of delivery of food stuffs and their quality, by results of which any infringements has not been revealed.

Besides I pay attention, that on the similar application the exhaustive answer by the chief of prison №1 for ref. L-10 from 8/2/2006 has already been given to you”

Comments: One pleases, that there are different checks. However, as a rule, they formal, in chambers nobody looks and with condemned do not talk. Happens, certainly, as do talk, but this all is ostentatious and rehearsed. For these reasons do not start up in prisons of Belarus public control, in fact then the terrible truth which disappears behind a signature stamp of unjustified closeness of corrective establishments can open.

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Note: Translated by means of machine translation. The original text in Russian is on a site www.levonevsky.org or www.levonevski.net
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