In , year-old Tatyana Gavrilova was convicted of murder by the Russian courts. She spent the next 16 years in various institutions. Gavrilova described her ordeal to MediaZona , the alternative online news agency established by Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. Her account cannot be independently verified, but her description has struck a chord with many who have endured the harshness of the Russian penal system — including Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova themselves.
International outcry over Russian 'whale jail' in far east
One woman's story of 16 years inside a Russian jail | World news | The Guardian
Prison cells vary widely from country to country. Prisoners in Norway, for example, don't have bars in their rooms and have access to musical instruments , DVDs, and video games. Meanwhile, in Malawi, a typical cell is squalid and packed with dozens of people. The wide range of conditions reflects how countries treat criminals and raises the question of whether prison is meant to punish or rehabilitate them. Source: Mother Jones. Source: Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Russian video game maker gets a year in jail for buying F-16 manuals on eBay
As the Kremlin claims unequivocal support among Russians for its policies both at home and abroad, a crackdown is underway against ordinary social media users who post things that run against the official narrative. At least 54 people were sent to prison for hate speech last year, most of them for sharing and posting things online, which is almost five times as many as five years ago, according to the Moscow-based Sova group, which studies human rights, nationalism and xenophobia in Russia. The overall number of convictions for hate speech in Russia increased to last year from 92 in The vagueness of the phrasing and the scope of offenses that fall under the extremism clause allow for the prosecution of a wide range of people, from those who set up an extremist cell or display Nazi symbols to anyone who writes something online that could be deemed a danger to the state.
Despite the long sentence, Tishchenko, 42, will be deported to Russia on June 19, according to court filings released Wednesday, having been credited with timed served while pending trial. Tishchenko, who works for leading combat flight simulator designer Eagle Dynamics, apparently took his quest for realism too far when he purchased the US fighter jet manuals from an online auction in Despite him saying he was assured the manuals were outdated and there was no warning about them being classified, prosecutors argued that he had still broken arms exports laws as combat systems manuals require export licenses for shipment overseas. Matters were made worse by the fact that Tishchenko proceeded to copy the manuals and sell them to people in other countries from Russia. The game maker was first extradited to the US after being arrested in Georgia in March on charges of conspiring against the United States.