They can see their relatives, but they don't go

Foreign mercenaries sentenced to death in the DPR are now being held in solitary confinement and under the close attention of the SIZO staff. At the same time, they can count on a meeting with relatives, but they do not go to them.

MK experts told how foreign mercenaries, as well as the Azov people (an organization banned in Russia. – MK) ) under investigation.


There are currently about eight thousand people in the DPR and LPR camps. Military experts note that this figure is not final and the number of prisoners of war will grow.

Foreign mercenaries on death row attract the most attention. Lawyer Dmitry Agranovsky spoke about the rights and obligations of the “suicide bombers”, as well as how their everyday life goes while awaiting the verdict.

– This issue is regulated by the penal code of the DPR. Those sentenced to death are held in cells with enhanced isolation and enhanced control. There are no more than two people in a cell, but usually one.

They do have certain rights. First of all, they have the right to apply for pardon – while this issue is resolved, the execution of the death penalty is suspended.

Until the sentence is carried out, they have the right to medical and legal assistance, to meet with a lawyer, and can receive letters and parcels. They also have the right once a month for a short visit with relatives, a priest, the right to take a walk. They can spend a certain amount of money from their account every month.

– They are not involved in the work. Those who are sentenced to life imprisonment are actively involved in the work. Now forced labor is prohibited, so they are involved in labor at will. And those on death row just sit and wait. After the rejection of the petition for pardon and until the execution of the sentence, they are generally in solitary conditions and under increased surveillance and control …

– The conditions are not cruelty, no one sits in the pits. The only thing is isolation. But it is necessary, because a person has nothing to lose, and he can do something with himself – and even more so with those who are with him in the cell. This is a forced measure. The norms are hard-won and necessary.

– Yes, they have such a right. This is evidenced by Article 196 of the Criminal Executive Code of the DPR. It is directly written about relatives and lawyers.

– I think that relatives are intimidated by propaganda and think that there is a wild field here. I have come across this more than once when communicating with foreigners. They have a completely wrong idea about Russia, not to mention the DNR and LNR.

In 2018, at the FIFA World Cup, which was held in Russia, I had the opportunity to communicate with foreigners on Red Square. They were simply amazed at the difference between the image of Russia given to them by local propaganda and what it really is. The more civilized a country, such as, for example, Germany or the UK, the more ridiculous ideas they have. Relatives of convicted mercenaries may have misunderstood the situation, they think that it is dangerous and hopeless here. They may also not be aware of their rights.

Another source of MK, a military lawyer of the Za Drugi Svoya telegram channel, told how other prisoners of war are being held.

– The conditions of detention of prisoners of war are strongly reminiscent of the conditions of detention in a disciplinary battalion. The disciplinary battalion includes military personnel who have committed disciplinary offenses (not murders and other especially serious crimes) and convicted by a military tribunal. Here, all the movements of the convicts are only a marching step or a run – they cannot sit. The convicts have a clear regime, all trips, even to the toilet, according to the schedule, to the dining room – in formation. There is a strictly allotted time for eating.

According to the military lawyer, no more than 30 minutes are allotted for eating:

– They eat quickly, no one sits at the tables. This is explained by the fact that there are a lot of people and everyone needs to be fed.

According to the interlocutor, after lunch, prisoners of war who were not seen in war crimes go back to work – they clean up the territory, rebuild cities. Suspects of war crimes are not involved in the work. This category of persons has a different duty – to participate in investigative activities, interrogations, etc.

The source of “MK” also confirmed that prisoners of war have the right to receive parcels and packages.

– Some of those who surrendered from Azovstal, as you probably saw, were not in the best shape – in shabby clothes. In the camps, those who did not have their own were given a new one, they found something from humanitarian aid. Do not walk in rags. In general, the conditions of detention are strict, but humane – everyone is fed, dressed, they don’t beat anyone.


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