The head of the HRC advocated for providing members of the PMC access to the videos from the colonies

© RIA Novosti / Oleg Smysloviye in fotoreceptor of the HRC Mikhail Fedotov during a visit to penal colony No. 1 in Yaroslavl. 23 July 2018The head of the HRC advocated for providing members of the PMC access to the videos from the colonies© RIA Novosti / Oleg Smysloviye the image Bank

Members of Public monitoring commissions should be able to access footage from surveillance cameras in places of deprivation of liberty, the head of the presidential Council of the Russian Federation on human rights and civil society development Mikhail Fedotov.

«The members of the PMC should have access to the videos. Must be able to sit down and watch, if there are any issues,» — said Fedotov at the meeting of the Federal penitentiary service, which in particular addressed the issue of the use of force by prison officers to convict in Yaroslavl.

The head of the Federal penitentiary service Gennady Kornienko replied that if the members of the PMC are willing, they can familiarize with all materials.

Also the head of the HRC also raised the issue of the storage period of video records of cameras in places of detention, stating that it is necessary to study the possibility to store them for at least six months, and if technically feasible even a year.

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