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Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia Alexander Kalashnikov held a working meeting with Director General of the RSL Vadim Duda. The leaders signed an agreement on cooperation and joint activities between the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia and the Russian State Library.

The agreement envisages the implementation of joint programs and activities, the organization of cultural and educational work with the employees of the penal system and members of their families, cadets of educational organizations of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, as well as convicts and persons in custody.

One of the points of the agreement is the formation of a collection of electronic publications located on the platform of the National Electronic Library, freely available to employees of the penal system and cadets of educational organizations of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia. The agreement also provides for consulting support on the search and selection of literature for free access in correctional colonies and pre-trial detention centers for suspects, accused and convicted persons without using the Internet.

The parties agreed to discuss the possibility of creating a special software product for prisoners to access literary novelties, which will work offline and be regularly updated.

In addition, the work of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia and the RSL in this direction will not be limited only to replenishment of libraries of correctional institutions with books.

– We have a maxim that a book is the most valuable object of the material world, and, of course, they can change for the better the lives of people who, for one reason or another, ended up in prison. However, in addition to books, there should be live communication with cultural figures and authors, so that people who have violated the law can rethink their lives, – said Director General of the RSL Vadim Duda.

Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia Alexander Kalashnikov supported this proposal, noting that meetings with famous artists have a positive educational effect on convicts, helping them to look at their actions from the other side, get a unique experience of communication, feel involved in cultural life, return to normal life in civil society.

– We have a warm relationship with the Russian State Library. This applies to both the access of our employees and convicts to fiction and professional literature, and the long-term long-term projects that we develop and conduct. We are convinced that our cooperation will continue to develop beneficially in all directions, ”stressed Alexander Kalashnikov.

The director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia said that institutions and bodies of the penal system are constructively cooperating with regional libraries. In mid-June, the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia organized an all-Russian action “Your friends are books”. The action was held with the active support and participation of employees of regional libraries, who held lectures, presentations, competitions, literary evenings for convicts. For example, the Chelyabinsk Regional Library for the Visually Impaired and the Blind handed over to institutions special-format literature for the visually impaired convicts. For several days in the Samara region, reading conferences, memoirs of favorite books, literary evenings with librarians were held. In the institutions of the Perm Territory, performances based on well-known works were held, poetry evenings with the participation of writers and poets, trips of convicts to libraries were organized, and a creative photo competition “Time to read” was held for employees.

As part of the action, a survey was conducted among the convicts about which poets they read more. It turned out that among the convicts, favorites are Alexander Pushkin, Sergei Yesenin and Mikhail Lermontov. In every region, librarians made a huge contribution to this action.

The Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia thanked the library staff who work with convicts, suspects and accused for their selfless and difficult work.

Currently, there are 1113 libraries in the institutions of the UIS, of which 722 have separate reading rooms. The book fund for convicts is 5,203,494 books, of which 18,631 copies are stored in electronic form. Libraries and reading rooms of educational organizations of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia and educational colonies are connected to the resources of the National Electronic Library.

In 2020, the National Electronic Library and the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia prepared a special project dedicated to the history of the penal system. You can get to know him https: //fsinnistory.rusneb.ru/ on the NEB portal.

Press Bureau of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia

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