Russian Prisons: An insiders perspective

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TIME:  17:00 – 18:00, Wednesday 23rd May 2018

VENUE: Committee Room  A

Houses of Parliament, No. 1 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2NE

Nikolay and Tatyana Shchur

Human Rights Campaigners and Experts on Russian Prisons

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Almost 600,000 people currently live in Russia’s prisons. Russia joined the Council of Europe in 1996, which committed it to bringing its prisons up to European standards; yet earlier this year the European Court of Human Rights found that conditions in Russia’s prisons systematically subject prisoners to inhuman and degrading treatment. Nikolay Shchur, an environmental activist and author of the 2017 book “A Short Guide to Russian Prisons”, is one individual who has experienced such scandalous conditions.

By kind invitation of Chris Bryant MP, Nikolay Shchur and his wife, Tatyana, will speak about corruption, racketeering, and torture in Russia’s prisons.

Nikolay Shchur is an environmental campaigner and human rights activist. He was arrested in 1994 and held in a pre-trial detention centre for six months for drawing public attention to radioactive contamination of the “closed” military town of Snezhinsk. Following the arrest of her husband, Tatyana Shchur campaigned relentlessly for his release. Since Nikolay’s release from prison, the couple have established four non-governmental organisations in the field of human rights. Nikolay and Tatyana are both on the Panel of Experts of the Association of Independent Observers of Russian Prisons and the Police. They are both recipients of “Time” magazine’s “Hero” award (2005) and Russia’s national “Civic Initiative” award (2013).

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