Russian Prisoner in Guantanamo Wants Books, TV

WASHINGTON, January 18 (RIA Novosti) – Ravil Mingazov, the only Russian national in the notorious US Guantanamo prison, asked Moscow officials who visited him for Russian-language books, papers and TV.

Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s point man for human rights and a member of the delegation, said Mingazov strongly denied that he was subject to any form of violence.

“He said he is interested in getting more Russian-language literature and would like to read more books, newspapers and magazines. Naturally, we promised to deliver it. Mingazov also wants to get access to Russian-language TV. We told the prison administration about it,” Dolgov said.

He said the Russian prisoner was satisfied with the jail’s food, medical help and other facilities.

Mingazov was arrested in Pakistan in 2002, but no charges have been filed against him to date.

The Russian diplomat described the prison as “a shameful page in the US history, where justice and human rights were trampled upon” and urged the US government to close it as soon as possible.


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