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Feb 18, 2021
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FSIN employees will be banned from mobile phones in prisons – Khinshtein

According to the law passed by the State Duma on the prohibition of cellular communications in prisons, gadgets are prohibited not only by prisoners, but also by prosecutors, investigators, and employees of the Federal Penitentiary Service. This “360” was reported by Alexander Khinshtein, head of the Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, one of the authors of the bill.

The use of mobile communications should be prohibited, not only for convicts, but for everyone who crosses the threshold of the penitentiary, the parliamentarian stressed.

“No one can have cell phones on the territory of pre-trial detention centers, correctional colonies, and other institutions of the UIZ,” the TV channel quotes the deputy as saying.

Khinshtein recalled that in 2020 the number of IT crimes doubled. About 50% of such offenses are classified as fraudulent activities using cellular communications. “A significant part of these frauds take place in places of deprivation of liberty,” the deputy concluded.

On the eve of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, in the third and final reading, a draft law was passed on disabling mobile numbers used by prisoners in places of detention. The authors of the bill are confident that blocking the SIM cards of convicts will help prevent the supply of prohibited items and drugs to places of detention.

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