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Today, Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation Konstantin Chuichenko, Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia Arkady Gostev and President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov signed a trilateral Agreement aimed at cooperation on the implementation of the provisions of the Concept for the development of the penitentiary system of the Russian Federation for the period up to 2030, increasing the effectiveness of interaction between the Ministry of Justice of Russia, Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia and the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan.

In particular, they discussed the coordination of efforts to expand the network of correctional centers in the Republic of Tatarstan, including on the basis of commercial enterprises, which will create additional places for the placement of those sentenced to forced labor and more often apply criminal penalties that are not related to isolation from society. It is planned that in 2022, sections of correctional centers will be created in the region to employ at least 400 convicts sentenced to forced labor. The convicts will work in the field of mechanical engineering, production of building materials, housing and industrial construction, agriculture and other sectors of the economy.

Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation Konstantin Chuichenko noted in his speech that in 2022 in each subject of the Russian Federation it is planned to create at least 400 jobs in correctional centers based on regional property and property of enterprises and regional organizations. By 2021, about 15,000 places for those sentenced to forced labor have been created in correctional centers. In the future, by 2024, this figure will be close to 100,000. According to the head of the Ministry of Justice, the use of such a type of punishment as forced labor contributes to the social adaptation of convicts, their obtaining labor skills and employment opportunities, which, as a result, solves the problem of reducing recidivism in crimes.

President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov supported the initiative to develop a network of correctional centers in the region, including on the basis of commercial enterprises, and stressed that many of those who are in prison today are good specialists and could be useful to the people economy.

In addition, the meeting discussed the construction of a new modern pre-trial detention center in Kazan with a capacity limit of 1,000 seats.

As Arkady Gostev, director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, explained in his speech, this will be a new institution that meets all modern requirements and includes courtrooms, premises for lawyers, members of the Public Monitoring Commission, as well as offices for prosecutors and investigators. In terms of security, the institution will be reliable and equipped with the latest technology.

In addition, comfortable conditions will be created in this institution both for detainees, where each prisoner has at least 4 sq.m., and for employees. Delivery of the facility is tentatively scheduled for 2026.

The signing of the agreement was another practical step aimed at further fruitful cooperation between the parties and the implementation of the provisions of the Concept for the development of the penal system until 2030.

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