MOSCOW, March 9 – RIA Novosti. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on the obligation of mobile operators to turn off cellular communications in prisons at the request of the Federal Penitentiary Service. The corresponding document was published on the official Internet portal of legal information.
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. In January, the parliamentarian, together with the deputies Vasily Piskarev and Pavel Krasheninnikov, introduced a bill to the State Duma that would make it possible to turn off mobile communications in prisons.
Previously, convicts held in correctional institutions, as well as suspects and accused in a pre-trial detention center, were not allowed to have a means of communication with them. In addition, administrative liability was provided for an attempt to deliver them to the institutions of the penal system (UIS). In turn, the bill proposes to introduce a mechanism for turning off illegally used mobile communications in prisons.
According to the document, telecom operators are obliged to stop 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 law specifies 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 Federal Penitentiary Service with telecom operators will be determined by the government.