MOSCOW, 17 Feb – RIA Novosti. The State Duma, at a plenary session on Wednesday, adopted a law on the obligation of mobile operators to turn off cellular communications in prisons at the request of the FSIN.
At the beginning of November last year, State Duma deputy Alexander Khinshtein announced that he was preparing a bill to restrict the use of cellular communications in prisons. According to the project, cellular operators will be obliged to disconnect subscribers “upon a written motivated request from the head of the territorial body of the Federal Penitentiary Service”. In January, Khinshtein, along with deputies Vasily Piskarev and Pavel Krasheninnikov, introduced a bill to the lower house of parliament to turn off mobile communications in prisons.
In accordance with current regulations, convicts held in correctional institutions, as well as suspects and accused in a pre-trial detention center, are not allowed to have a means of communication with them. In addition, administrative liability is provided for an attempt to deliver mobile devices to institutions of the penal system (UIS). The bill proposes to introduce a mechanism for turning off illegally used mobile communications in prisons.
According to the bill, telecom operators will be obliged to terminate communication services on such numbers on the basis of a written reasoned decision of the head of the territorial department of the penal system, which is in charge of the corresponding correctional institution or pre-trial detention center.
The draft clarifies the list of persons who can apply for blocking or suppressing the provision of communication services, it includes the head of the FSIN himself, his deputies, as well as the head of the territorial body of the service. The order of interaction of the FSIN with telecom operators will be determined by the government.