Kommersant: Criminal case opened over reports on disabled children’s rights violations in Dagestan

24 March 2016

The Dagestan Directorate of the Russia’s Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case over improper discharge of the duties of surveillance over and bringing up children in Zabota, a children’s home for retarded children in Makhachkala.

The Directorate has reported that during the investigation agents will thoroughly study the facts of violent treatment of children with disabilities and the actions of the officials in charge will be legally evaluated within the actual penal legislation.   

Yesterday the Head of Dagestan Ramazan Abdulatipov, held the Republican Security Council meeting to discuss the actual situation in the children’s home Zabota. Children with the nervous system pathologies and psychological disorders live there. The investigation was launched following numerous mass media publications and social network posts showing violent treatment of the children by the facility staff. The members of a commission set up specially to check the reports said that those facts were not confirmed.  

The Vice-Premier of the Dagestan Government Anatoly Karibov said that the children’s home Zabota has been checked for more than 20 times during last 2 years including by the employees of the Federal Service for Oversight of Consumer Rights (Rospotrebnadzor), the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic, the Civic Chamber. “The issues of its functioning are being controlled by the Labour and Social Development Ministry and the Children's Rights Commissioner under the Head of Dagestan”, the Vice-Premier said. “The checks revealed various violations and faults and some measures were taken to eliminate them. But in general the operation of the facility was considered satisfying.”

The Dagestan Directorate of the Investigative Committee has reported today that public will be informed on the investigation into the case.

Yulia Rybina

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