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Sentenced to live

Company :  NTV BROADCASTING COMPANY
Year :  2002
Duration :  51 min 21 sec
Total number of releases :  1
Screenplay by :  Alexey Pobortsev
Directed by :  Andrey Ivanov
About 200 Russians are sentenced to life imprisonment annually. The film producers visited several Russian penitentiaries where inmates sentenced to life imprisonment serve their sentences, including Russia’s biggest life-imprisonment penitentiary “Black Dolphin.” The first impression is a shock. Advocates of capital punishment should first gain an understanding of what “life imprisonment” really means, of what are the conditions in which murderers, cannibals, violators and terrorists have to live in. The film also features Salman Raduyev, one of Russia’s most ill-famed terrorist and tells how inmates received him in the prison. Peter the Great’s daughter, tsarina Elizabeth, was one of the first who tried to introduce a ban on capital punishment in Europe. Yet, it is unclear whether modern Russia is ready not only to extend a moratorium on death penalty but to abolish capital punishment once and for all.