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On March 19, the first meeting of the Public Council of the current year was held in the conference hall of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region. The meeting was chaired by Igor Potapenko, head of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region. Deputy Chief Roman Semyonov also took part in the meeting.

The renewed composition of the Public Council under the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region includes well-known regional figures of science, culture, education, the legal profession, and representatives of the public. In the new composition: Director of the State Hermitage, member of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences Mikhail Piotrovsky, film director, member of the Union of Cinematographers of Russia, rector of the St. Petersburg State University of Cinema and Television Alexander Evmenov, President of the Zenit football club Alexander Medvedev, director of the state museum-reserve “Peterhof” Elena Kalnitskaya, Soviet and Russian theater and film actor, TV presenter Andrei Urgant and other honorary citizens of the northern capital.

The main topic of the meeting was summing up the results of the three years’ activities, the entry into office of new members of the council and planning new promising areas of work.

The meeting was opened by the head of the regional penitentiary department Igor Potapenko. The head noted that the members of the Public Council on an ongoing basis provide various assistance and participate in the organization and conduct of celebrations and holidays for employees. In addition, they visit institutions subordinated to the Federal Penitentiary Service, hold charity events for convicts, and organize concerts. When visiting institutions, representatives of the Public Council pay special attention to the conditions of detention for suspects, accused and convicted persons, material and household support, and medical care.

Roman Semyonov, deputy head of the Federal Penitentiary Service of the northern capital, noted that the current Public Council had rotated by a third of its members and expressed hope for further productive cooperation within the framework of interaction. He thanked the members of the Public Council for the work done, emphasized the active participation of representatives of the public in work with the children of the penal system employees, veterans, as well as family members of the deceased employees.

Yan Volkov told the audience about the main results of the work done in recent years: about the “Bright Look” project, implemented on the basis of IK-2, Kolpino educational colony, IK-4, IK-7, as a result of which more than a thousand convicts were examined by ophthalmologists and provided with 430 pairs of glasses, on the organization of rewarding the children of employees-winners of the federal competition “Talented Childhood”, on new social projects, within the framework of which more than 2,500 thousand children of convicts from various correctional institutions of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region were provided with New Year’s gifts, on the results Open House Day in Women’s Correctional Colony No. 2, when 25 children were able to visit their mothers serving sentences.

People’s Artist of Russia Alexander Rosenbaum was elected Chairman of the Public Council under the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region. Yan Volkov, executive director of the TV channel “TBN” and Alexander Zimin, general director of the public charitable movement “Big Dipper”, were also unanimously elected vice-chairmen.

Concluding the event, Igor Potapenko thanked the members of the Public Council for their indifferent attitude to their work and the great work done, presented gratitude from the Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia Alexander Kalashnikov for his contribution to the development of the region’s penal system, as well as certificates of members of the Public Council.

Recall that the Public Council is a permanent advisory body under the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service. The main goal of the Council is to attract the public to participate in solving the tasks facing the penal system to protect the rights and legitimate interests of employees and veterans of the penal system, convicts and persons under investigation.

Press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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