MOSCOW, August 7. / TASS /. The bill improving the situation of pregnant women held in pre-trial detention centers will require the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) of the Russian Federation to allocate additional funds for its effective implementation. This opinion was expressed in an interview with TASS by veteran of the Federal Penitentiary Service and Major General of the Internal Service, retired Elena Zarembinskaya.
"It is unlikely that the Federal Penitentiary Service on its own will be able to provide all the conditions for pregnant prisoners and prisoners of women with young children, which the bill provides. The department does not have money to allocate additional space for the children of prisoners, as well as for separate cells for pregnant women," Zarembinskaya said. … According to her, if the funds are still allocated, then the measures envisaged by the bill will be able to improve the situation of women in prison after some time. “You cannot build new blocks in a pre-trial detention center quickly, but all the same, the bill itself, which is aimed at improving the situation of pregnant women, I can only welcome,” she said.
Earlier it was reported that the Russian government, with some remarks, supported the bill on separate cells in pre-trial detention centers for pregnant women and mothers with children under three years old, the author of which was the head of the Federation Council Committee on Economic Policy Andrei Kutepov.
The document establishes that pregnant women and women who have small children (up to three years old) with them must be kept separately from other women. In addition, the document proposes to establish a standard for the sanitary area of at least 4 square meters. meters for every young child who is in jail with his mother. At present, the sanitary area in the cells is set based only on the suspects and the accused, it follows from the explanatory note to the bill. This legislative initiative was announced back in 2018, the document was revised several times by the senator, taking into account the comments of the relevant departments. The adoption of the bill, according to the author, will help improve conditions for women with children and pregnant women in places of detention. At the end of July 2019, the document was submitted to the State Duma.