Convicts began to be recruited to work on construction sites in Moscow and the Moscow region

The authorities, as an experiment, attracted prisoners to the construction of facilities in Moscow and the Moscow region. Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin told RBC about this.

We already have an experiment in Moscow and the Moscow region. The builders have already attracted and, by the way, very successfully attracted. With a lack of resources that they are there, they gathered fifteen hundred people to work at the construction site.

Khusnullin added that the authorities plan to involve prisoners in the construction of the Eastern training ground for Russian Railways. In May, “Kommersant” wrote that the first convicts had already begun to be employed at the construction sites of the Eastern training ground.

The Deputy Prime Minister stressed that the involvement of prisoners in work at the construction site will be voluntary. “I believe that it will be a plus for them too, that they will be in conditions not of imprisonment, but of work. And they will receive money for this, ”Khusnullin said.

In May, the director of the Federal Penitentiary Service, Alexander Kalashnikov,  said that 188 thousand out of 482 thousand people who are in prison in Russia have the right to serve their sentences in the form of forced labor.

Kalashnikov proposed on a voluntary basis to recruit such prisoners to work in facilities where migrants usually work and where there is not enough labor due to the pandemic and closed borders.

Kalashnikov’s idea was supported by the Investigative Committee and the  Ministry of Justice , as well as Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova . A poll conducted by VTsIOM showed that 71% of Russians approve of hiring convicts instead of migrants.

(c)MEDUZA 2021

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