27 October 2016, 23:37



Living conditions in LPR prisons are "absolutely adequate", Tony Frisch of OSCE says

The living conditions in LPR penitentiaries and remand prisons where Ukrainian captives are held along with other inmates, are "absolutely adequate", said coordinator of the working group on Humanitarian Issues Ambassador Toni Frisch who visited Lugansk today.

"We had the opportunity here, as in government control areas and territories where we were visiting detention centers already. And yesterday we were visiting detention centers, talking to detainees and also with youngsters. We brought them letters from their families members. Today we have been visiting a colony and detention center. We could not only talk, but they were also  writing letters to their families," he said.

"The fact we had access in DPR and LPR is a very important fact that adds a lot to the credibility of  LPR and DPR authorities. We are very closely cooperating in Minsk together with our colleague Olga Kobtseva (LPR envoy to humanitarian subgroup), it's very important that we have good understanding and seen the reality here."

British reporter Graham Phillips earlier visited the Krasniy Luch penitentiary in the Lugansk People’s Republic as part of an independent journalistic investigation into the conditions in which the inmates are kept.

The press service of the LPR Interior Ministry said the visit followed the report by BBC journalist Patrick Evans who accused local police of brutal and inhuman treatment of inmates. Phillips said he was satisfied that the living conditions met all the international standards.

The exchange of captives is one of the key issues of Minsk Agreements.

Earlier, Col of Internal Service Andrei Sokolskiy who heads the Lugansk Enforcement Department said the conditions at the Lugansk prison, previously known as Pre-Trial Detention Center No.17, had markedly improved compared with the time when the facility was run by Ukrainian authorities.

LPR children’s ombudswoman Yulia Nazarenko said that the Lugansk prison conditions for underage inmates complied with international norms. In mid-September, five inmates declined to serve out their sentences in Ukrainian prisons, despite the offer by the International Committee of the Red Cross to assist them in the transfer.

LuganskMediaCentre — 27 October — Lugansk