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Putin puts Russian prisons under Justice Ministry in rights reform

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] Wednesday signed a decree [press release] handing control of the country's prisons over to the Russian Ministry of Justice [official website, in Russian]. The move comes in response to pressure from the Council of Europe [official website], which made such prison reforms a condition of Russian membership [COE membership resolution] in the group in 1996. The country's security services [FSB Wikipedia backgrounder; official website, in Russian] previously ran the prisons. AP has more.

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