All Posts Tagged With: "prison system"

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Khodorkovsky’s Cell Mate Names Names in ‘Forced’ 2006 Attack

Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s former cell mate has come forward with the names and details of how law enforcement officers forced him to attack Khodorkovsky in 2006; prison officials refuse to comment on the story.

May 26, 2011 | Continued
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Open Letter to the Russian President on Prison Torture

A group of prominent Russian human rights advocates have penned a letter to Dmitri Medvedev, asking him to take immediate action to put an end to the widespread use of torture in Russia’s detention facilities.

Feb 23, 2011 | Continued
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Duma Deputy: 200+ Pointlessly Died Awaiting Trial Last Year

A State Duma deputy says that more than 200 persons who posed no threat to society and who had life-threatening illnesses died in Russia’s pretrial detention facilities in 2009.

Sep 20, 2010 | Continued
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How Vera Trifonova Was ‘Purposefully Destroyed’

Half a year after Sergei Magnitsky’s scandalous death, a Russian businesswoman has died from a lack of medical care in Moscow’s Matrosskaya Tishina detention facility. provides a chronicle of the events leading up to her death.

Apr 30, 2010 | Continued
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High Mortality Rate in Russian Prisons ‘Depressing’

Efforts to reform Russia’s notoriously draconian penal system have resulted in fewer overall prisoners, but its staggering number of annual deaths remains.

Apr 6, 2010 | Continued
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Prison System Admits Partial Guilt in Lawyer Death

A top official in the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service has admitted that the prison system is partially to blame for the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who was held for a year without charge and allegedly denied medical treatment.

Nov 27, 2009 | Continued
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Other Russia Activist Dies in Prison

Rim Shaigalimov, an opposition activist in Krasnoyarsk, has died in an apparent suicide just 7 months into a prison sentence for hitting a a police officer. Relatives suspect foul play.

Jul 1, 2009 | Continued
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Public Outrage Builds over Jailed Yukos Lawyer

In part of a growing public sentiment in support of jailed lawyer Svetlana Bakhmina, over 50,000 people have signed an internet petition requesting a pardon from Dmitri Medvedev. translation by

Oct 20, 2008 | Continued
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Khodorkovsky In Isolation Ward for Press Interview

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former head of the Yukos oil company, has been put into solitary confinement for 12 days, allegedly for speaking with Esquire author Boris Akunin.

Oct 10, 2008 | Continued
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Russian Prison News Roundup

The past week has been tumultuous for the Russian prison system. provides a roundup of news stories coming out of Russian’s prisons.

Jun 5, 2008 | Continued