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On Friday, June 4, the director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia Alexander Kalashnikov took part in the forum “Interaction of the Federal State Institution Mozhaiskaya VK of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in the Moscow Region with non-profit organizations and state authorities”, which was held at the Administration of the Mozhaisk City District.

The event took place within the framework of the social project “Start from scratch”, developed by the Autonomous non-profit organization “Football club” Totem “(Krasnoyarsk). In 2021, the project won the competition of the Presidential Grants Fund and is currently under the patronage of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. Its main goal is to introduce new practices aimed at resocialization of juvenile convicts to imprisonment, their social adaptation, prevention of the spread of the criminal subculture and introduction to a healthy lifestyle.

The discussion was attended by the head of the Department of educational, social and psychological work of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, Major General of the Internal Service Andrei Shmidko, Head of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Moscow Region, Major General of the Internal Service Alexander Vetrov, President of ANO “FC” Totem “Sergey Gorbunov, Head of the Mozhaisk City District Dmitry Leonov, as well as representatives of public organizations and the media.

In his speech, Alexander Kalashnikov noted that adolescents are one of the vulnerable social groups of society and working with them is a most difficult task in any educational institution, especially in educational colonies, where the most criminalized and pedagogically neglected minors often end up. At the same time, the director of the Federal Penitentiary Service emphasized that one of the areas of work with such adolescents is their introduction and involvement in sports, a healthy lifestyle.

Last year alone, 7,930 sports events in various sports were held with convicts, as well as 8,159 other cultural events. Public organizations are also actively involved in this work. At present, the Totem football club is implementing the project “Start from scratch” aimed at helping the administration of educational colonies in organizing cultural and sports events with convicted minors. In the period from April to November 2021, the coaching staff and the junior team of FC Totem are scheduled to visit eight penitentiary institutions where teenagers who have committed offenses are serving their sentences.

During the forum, Evgeny Ivanov, Development Director of ANO “FC” Totem “, presented the project” Start from scratch “to those present, and spoke about the practice of introducing a mentoring system for teenagers who stumbled. At the same time, Vasily Lastochkin, President of the Charity Foundation “Care”, Anastasia Isupova, a representative of the ANO Center for Methodological Support of Mentoring “My Future”, an employee of the Fund “Stretch a Hand” Natalia Kostina, and specialist of the State Budgetary Institution “SRC” Vozrozhdenie ” Ruziev. The social practices of non-profit organizations, implemented on the territory of the Moscow Region educational colony, affect different spheres of socio-psychological, pedagogical, physical culture and sports activities, but one thing unites them – this is the preparation of convicted juveniles for real adaptation in society, which excludes their possibility of returning to the criminal environment. Some of the non-governmental organizations are already working to accompany adolescents even after they leave places of imprisonment.

Summing up, the head of the penitentiary department noted that only the consolidation of joint efforts of the employees of the penitentiary system, NGOs, representatives of state authorities in the work on resocialization, spiritual and physical recovery of adolescents will contribute to their development and formation as individuals, and, most importantly, will help them choose the right one. path in life, without repeating past mistakes.

It is worth noting that the held forum launched a whole series of sports and creative events with the participation of the pupils of Mozhaiskaya VK and the junior team of FC Totem.


Press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Moscow Region

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