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Nine people abandon extremist views for two years in Kyrgyzstan

Nine people, who have been imprisoned, have given up extremist views for two years in Kyrgyzstan. The Chairman of the State Penitentiary Service Taalaibek Zhaparov announced this at the coordination meeting on the reform of the penitentiary system.

«It takes a person up to several years to give up radical views. We are doing a lot of work in this direction. In particular, we involve representatives of the Spiritual Directorate of the Muslims of Kyrgyzstan, psychologists and theologians,» said Taalaibek Zhaparov.

He added that currently the convicted for extremist and terrorist crimes make felt and leather items in specialized cells.

«In order these people do not just sit in the cells, and after the release they could re-socialize, we try to educate them and engage in production activities. Within the framework of the UNODC project, two cells, where convicts can be trained and make felt and leather goods, were equipped. Now about ten people are engaged in this craft. Two cells are not enough, so a training schedule is being developed.

Also, we intend to build in the colony No. 16 another site for keeping convicts for such crimes. There are already provided cameras for training and manufacturing felt and leather item,» the head of the State Penitentiary Service added.