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Jailed filmmaker Oleg Sentsov on day 100 of Russia hunger strikeUkrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov on Tuesday entered day 100 of his hunger strike, as he languishes in a Russian Arctic prison on terror charges with little hope of release.
Source — France 24
Beaten, not broken: the Russian ex-inmate covering the torture trial of former jailersRuslan Vakhapov says ‘desire for revenge in a legal way’ led him to expose brutality in prison system. He recognised all the prison guards on trial last month for the brutal torture of an inmate in a Yaroslavl prison. They used to be his jailers too.
Source — The Guardian
Russie : "Oleg Sentsov est en train de mourir dans une prison parce qu'il dit des choses qui dérangent", affirme Françoise NyssenThis article is not available in English. If you wish, you can consult the French version.
Source — France Info
Russia: widespread torture, extortion detailed in St. Petersburg prisonsAllegations of torture in correctional facilities across Russia have gained national attention after a leaked video showed the violent beating of an inmate at a prison in Yaroslavl. A number of prison guards and wardens have since been detained and some convicted, while the Federal Prison Service v…
Source — The Moscow times
Russian ex-prisoners speak out over torture after leaked videoAlexander Zarechnev is one of a growing number of Russians to break their silence over violence and torture in Russian prisons after a widely shared video of guards beating an inmate shocked the country.
Source — The Jakarta Post
Russia: guard accused of suffocating inmate to deathA prison guard in western Russia’s Bryansk region has been detained on suspicion of suffocating an inmate to death by binding his face with a piece of cloth.
Source — RadioFreeEurope / RadioLiberty
Russia: rare witness to horror of Stalin's Gulag prisons diesA rare survivor of the harshest Stalin-era labour camps has died aged 89 in Russia’s far east.
Source — BBC
Six arrested in wake of leaked Russian prison torture videoSix prison employees have been arrested and at least 17 fired following the release of a 2017 video showing a detainee being tortured at a prison outside Moscow.
Source — The Moscow Times
Russia: lawmakers finally move forward with legislation that could release 100,000 prisonersAfter 10 years, the State Duma has adopted a second reading of legislation that would mean less time behind bars for Russians convicted of many crimes.
Source — MediaZona
Russia: security forces in Ingushetia on trial for tortureThe trial is practically unprecedented in Russia - torture and even the murder of detainees is a common pheonomenon.
Source — JAMnews
Russia: detainees who had rebelled against systematic torture sentenced to heavy sentencesAt the end of a lengthy trial, 17 participants in a protest that took place in the Kopeysk penal colony (Ural Region) in November 2012 in response to systematic torture practices were sentenced to up to 5 years of prison by the Chelyabinsk Regional Court for “mass riots.”
Source — European prison litigation network
Russie : Une membre des Pussy Riot raconte les traitements subis dans une prison pour femmesThis article is not available in English. If you wish, you can consult the French version
Source — Vice
How the gulag lives on in Russia's prison economyIn Russia, running a prison is a business, Olga Romanova writes for the Carnegie Center.
Source — The Moscow Time
How the gulag Llves on in Russia's prison economyIn Russia, running a prison is a business. The Soviet gulag may have transformed into Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN), but its essence arguably is unchanged. With 434 prisoners per 100,000 people, Russia has the highest incarceration rate in Europe. It’s 143 in the UK, 101 in France, a…
Source — The Moscow Times
Russia : Russian Interior Ministry ordered to pay $1,200 to man tortured by policeThe Supreme Court of Tatarstan has ordered Russia’s Interior Ministry to pay 70,000 rubles ($1,200) to a man tortured in a police office, lawyer Andrey Suchkov told RAPSI on Monday.
Source — Rapsi
Thinking Allowed: Russian prison visitors - prison boundariesRelatives of Russian Prisoners: Judith Pallot , Professor of the Human Geography of Russia at the University of Oxford talks to Laurie Taylor about her research into the experiences of the wives, mothers, girlfriends, daughters who, as relatives of Russia’s three-quarters of a million prisoners, ar…
Source — BBC
Russia: more than 100 gay men 'sent to prison camps' in ChechnyaAbuses allegedly included mean being taken outside and beaten several times a day, having their hands electrocuted and being forced to sit on bottles
Source — The Independent
Russia’s prison population hits all-time lowThe number of people in Russian penitentiary facilities has gone down to the lowest level since collapse of the USSR, the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) told TASS on the eve of the Penitentiary Day, marked on March 12. Back in 1879, Emperor Alexander II established the prison department.
Source — Tass
Russia orders prison inmate on hunger strike to pay his own medical costsRusia has ordered a prisoner to pay his own medical costs after he went on hunger strike over jail conditions, his lawyer said today, a move that could curb protests against poor treatment of convicts.
Source — The Journal
Russia : jailed activist alleges torture, threats in prison letterA jailed Russian opposition activist has accused a prison warden of overseeing the systematic torture of inmates and of threatening to kill him, allegations made in a desperate letter to his wife that he asked her to publish to save his life.
Source — RFERL
Russia activist Ildar Dadin accuses prison of tortureRussian officials are investigating claims that a well-known opposition activist has been repeatedly beaten and threatened in prison. Ildar Dadin is serving two and a half years for a series of street protests. He told his lawyer that he had been strung up by his handcuffed wrists, had his head sho…
Source — BBC