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COE Commissioner for human rights hopes to visit Russia

The Council of Europe Commissioner for human rights Dunja Mijatovic hopes to soon visit Russia.

During the meeting, via videoconference with the Russian Commissioner for human rights Tatyana Moskalkova she said, "I hope my visit will take place very soon."

Mijatović did not give an exact date. "It all depends on the epidemiological situation of the point: things are gonna get better, then of course the visit will take place," she said.

The Commissioner expressed gratitude to the Russian side for the fact that she agreed to such a visit.

In turn Moskalkova expressed the hope that in autumn they will be able to see.

The Commissioner in the course of the conversation touched on two important, in her view, themes. The first concerned the situation of prisoners in terms of coronavirus. She recalled that back in April, drew the attention of the Council of Europe on this.

"The problem of prison overcrowding affects the health status of people. Need special rules. Especially the protection of vulnerable prisoners," - said Mijatovic.

"It is important that sick prisoners are not kept healthy, in order to exclude the possibility of the spread of (infection)", she added.

The second issue raised by the Commissioner, concerned the problem of domestic violence. "The level is high in all countries of the Council of Europe needs to do more in this direction", - said mijatović, adding that "the ombudsmen need to do that". The Commissioner indicated that the coronavirus has worsened the situation of domestic violence.

She expressed interest in the discussion of the bill on domestic violence in Russia.