The Federal Penitentiary Service, which in the past was at the center of a torture scandal, will carry out a large-scale modernization of the IT department, from where the video archive with the torture of prisoners was leaked.
According to Radio Liberty, a Digital Transformation Department is being created in the structure of the Federal Penitentiary Service, which should introduce IT technologies into the work of the department.
President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed the decree on the creation of the department in early April. Two months later, it became known that Lieutenant-General Konstantin Bereznev was appointed to the post of head of the department.
A lawyer by education, who has worked in the colonies of Kuzbass for almost 30 years and has nothing to do with IT, Bereznev will have to deal with the introduction of digital document management, create digital profiles of prisoners and launch a face recognition system on prison cameras. Such tasks are set by the digital transformation program of the Federal Penitentiary Service, approved in 2021.
The document appeared a few months before the Gulagu.net project published a video of torture in the tuberculosis hospital for prisoners No. 1 in the Saratov region (OTB-1) in October. More than 40 GB of rape and bullying ended up in the hands of former prisoner Sergei Savelyev, who worked on a computer in the hospital and archived the records.
Transferring the archive Gulagu.netSaveliev left Russia, after which he was put on the wanted list and arrested in absentia in a criminal case on illegal access to computer information.
The publication of the torture archive led to a purge of the top leadership of the Federal Penitentiary Service. In November 2021, Putin dismissed the head of the service, a native of the FSB, Alexander Kalashnikov. And although the Kremlin publicly cited Kalashnikov’s personal appeal as the reason for Kalashnikov’s resignation, according to Interfax sources, it was the torture incidents, which received wide public outcry, that became the main reason for the president’s decision.
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