«You know, when a person talks about rape while being incarcerated, it is always very difficult. First I have known about this story by reading about it in the media. Natalya made an official statement that she was raped by the staff of Almaty remand prison № 18. Expressed opinions were very different: some said that she had hidden herself, because didn't know from whom she gave birth, others wrote that she was «allegedly raped». Well, they could tell about it without any «allegedly».
I thought she had a lawyer. I also felt that it was a true story.
And once, when Natalia was visited by some of a human rights activists, she said she needed a lawyer. The problem was that she wrote appeals, but the rape case was not coming up for an investigation. Only the abuse of authority was investigating. And in general, it was almost unreal to prove that there were three or four of them. If she applied to a lawyer at once, it would be easier for her.
No one wanted to represent Natalia's interests, everyone refused. Firstly, it is difficult because you need to deal with the system, that means pressure is possible. Secondly, the prisoner can waive all of the rights in connection with the claims any time. I'll say honestly: women who are in prison are not believed.