Mordovia womens health
The administration was very strict with us - rumours of beatings circled around the colony, although I didn't witness any personally.
The patterns and consequences of the double isolation of women (by virtue of their incarceration and of the remote location of the penal colonies in which they are held) inform the theoretical and practical policy-oriented questions addressed in the research project. Research for the co-community aspect of the project - involving interviews with local residents in penal regions and a 500 respondent questionnaire survey - have been completed in one penal region. Although they constituted a minority of the 890,000-strong prison population, the experiences of women serving custodial sentences in one important respect is typical of the more general experience of Russia's prisoners; namely, that they can be sent thousands of miles to serve out their time.
Shablinsky provided their names hoping that publicity will help protect them. Human rights activists revelations made to is not an official statement made by the Russian Presidential Human Rights Council.
According to Tolokonnikovas lawyer, Irina Khrunova, authorities rely on those who committed most serious crimes, like premeditated murder, to control the rest. One of them, slovsky, a former prosecutor, calls Pussy Riot members allegations a complete lie, she says.
Mass beatings are usually a feature of male camps - the so-called 'black colonies'. She was sentenced together with two other girls members of the Pussy Riot punk band for singing provocative verses at the Moscows Cathedral.
Shablinsky admitted that all the women were terrified to talk and most of them refused to answer his questions.
To build upon and extend existing understanding about the Russian penal system by drawing upon the work of criminologists, feminist scholars and geographers on penal culture, the gendering of punishment forms, and the relationship between space and disciplinary power, and to explore the relevance.
One of the former convicts, that asked not to be named, told that the colony in Mordovia, where Tolokonnikova is serving her sentence, is one of the red camps and known for the severity of the regime, controlled by the authorities, and inhuman work assignments. A workshop entitled, gender, Geography and Punishment in Comparative Perspective was held on the 22-, at the Centre for Criminology, Manor Road, and Christ Church, Oxford. He visited the colony a few days after she went public with her decision to start a hunger strike protesting against inhuman conditions at the colony.
In reforms in 1996/7 the Russian authorities committed the prison service to providing an 'appropriate mix' of facilities in every region, an expensive operation that will take a long time to realize. 889,900 people are imprisoned there, and changing the system for all of them is much more complicated. Any research in a penal environment poses challenges to researchers, never more so when the penal system in question has a long history of secrecy and suspicion of outsiders.
The barracks were built in the Soviet times - I guess in the 1920s. Some of her scared, deprived of sleep, terrorized inmates might go against her to be in peace with the colony authorities, but, still, they need her voice to go public because, unfortunately, their voices wont be heard otherwise.
Amnesty International called them prisoners of conscience. By Alsu Salakhutdinov, source 1, source 2, source. When Pussy Riot members were convicted, the human rights group.
However, many people familiar with the Russian prison system admit that horrors of the prison camp described in the open letter by Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, sound quite real. In the prison school room, L'govo girls juvenile colony. Her book, Surviving Russian Prisons won the British Society of Criminology Book of the Year award in 2005 and was nominated for the Distinguished Book of the Year of the International Division of the American Society of Criminology in 2005.
We used to go outside to the so-called 'hole sometimes when it was -20C in the winter. She says at her camp, women were also not allowed to enter their barracks and had to stay outside for hours in rain or snow.