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RUSSIAN GULAGS
Russia has over 1,200,000 prisoners serving time in it's 840 prisons.

One in every four adult men in Russia is a former prisoner. The prison population has reached the size of the Stalin's GULAG, more than one million people are held in prisons in inhumane conditions, suffering from hunger, disease, and unemployment. Three percent of Russian families have lost their provider.

The overwhelming majority of prisoners are not professional criminals, but people who found themselves in prison because of misery, unemployment, or homelessness.

Thousands of Russian prisoners die every year from hunger, tuberculosis, or suffocation from the lack of oxygen in overcrowded cells in pre-trial detention centers. Now the average man does live over the pension age: he dies at 57 years old, 14 years younger than the average woman.

If we do not stop the senseless extermination of people in today's GULAG, Russia will become a nation of widows, orphans and ex-prisoners.

KNOWN PRISONS IN RUSSIA (Not Complete)
N-240 PRISON
N-240 holds Russia's most dangerous men who were not condemned to die for their crimes. In Prison N-240, most of the inmates who have jobs work long exhausting hours at the prison lumber-mill or on the kitchen and cleaning details. Those that are too dangerous to allow to work must serve out their time in small overcrowded cells. Even the inmates in solitary confinement feel the pinch of the overcrowded conditions as cells built for one often hold two.


Prison No. 2 Ekaterinburg, Russia
Russia's justice minister, Yury Chaika, recently discussed the problems of the prison system with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, noting that 97,000 inmates have tuberculosis (TB). Russia has one of the world's highest incarceration rates per head, with many jail cells far below internationally accepted standards. The Interfax news agency reported Thursday that Chaika also reported that one third of Russians with TB are either in a penal colony or a pre-trial cell.


The Prison Camps of Bashkortostan
A little over 4 million people inhabit the vast mountainous region of Bashkortostan. Twenty prison camps dot the republic. The camps hold approximately 30.000 prisoners.

There, a total of 120,000 children in prison in Russia today. There is no intermediate form of punishment in the Russian penal system. You are either a lawbreaker or a law abider. You are either a prisoner or you are free.


Petak island prison
The unbending and inhumane regime in Petak island prison crushes even the toughest inmates. Each prisoner is kept in a small two-man cell for 22.5 hours a day, every day. For an hour and a half they stand, or pace like predatory animals, in a small cage outside. The pens are very small and only the most determined stay in good physical condition.

For the first 10 years of a man's sentence he is allowed two visits a year, of two hours each. After that he can have two long visits and two short visits. But by the time a decade has passed most men have lost contact with their families, who often live many days' travel away. Parcels are allowed twice a year.

Half the prisoners have tuberculosis. At least two are clinically insane. When men die, their bodies are taken to a small graveyard nearby and buried in the presence of one or two of the guards. No prisoners can attend.

Misbehaving prisoners are sent to punishment cells to be locked in a small, dark room with only a metal bucket and a fold-down bed for 15 days. No books are allowed. In the daytime the bed is stowed and they must stand, or sit on a tiny wooden perch a few inches wide.

Waiting for Death in Russia's Alcatraz

RUSSIAN PRISON INFORMATION, ARTICLES & LINKS
  • Children in Russian prisons

  • Children in Siberia Gulags

  • One Day In A Russian Prison

  • Sentenced women in Russia

  • Children in Siberia Gulags


    RUSSIAN FEDERATION

    Ministry responsible - Ministry of Justice

    Prison administration - Principal Department of Prison Administration

    Contact address - Bolshaya Bronnaya 23, 103104 - Moscow, Russian Federation

    tel: +7 095 209 6166 - fax: +7 095 209 6138

    Head of prison administrationVladimir Yalunin

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