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Inside a Russian Prison

Central prison yard in Khabarovsk, the Russian Far East. These 1913 facilities have accumulated some strange artifacts. The shaved youth are awaiting trial, a 6-9 month wait. Pre-trial and death row inmates are in the same facility. Solitary confinement is a “closet” shaped space (3x3 foot square on the ground). The prison guards had gone 3 months without pay.


A local entrepreneur escorted us, and she told us that we were the first Westerners to visit these facilities. Her business plan is to privatize the prisons in Russia.

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Taken on November 23, 2004