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Punishment. russian pprison yesterday and today

Company :  OOO "ADAM’S APPLE"
Year :  2006-2008
Duration :  26 min
Total number of releases :  18 (31.08.2008)
Anchor :  Kirill Nabutov
Written by :  Alexey Vasilyev, Kirill Nabutov, Marianna Faktorovich
Author :  Kirill Nabutov
Directed by :  Viktor Fedorov, Oleg Shilovsky
Produced by :  Maria Tarakanova
Music by :  Vitaly Mukanyaev
List of Series

Convicts. Places and reasons for imprisonment. The programme reveals interesting facts from the 500-year history of the Russian penal system to its viewers.
Each episode is dedicated to a particular penal topic, including “Kolyma”, “Butyrka”, “Labor of Convicts in Different Historic Periods”, “Special Services of the Federal Penitentiary Service”. The last mentioned episode will tell, for example, about specific cases of how detectives of the Federal Penitentiary Service prevent jail riots, and escapes, and cut short transfer of drugs, mobile phones, etc. to penal colonies and jails.
Each episode contains historical excursions, starting from the first law book in the history of Russia (1550) that regulated punishments for particular crimes. The viewers will learn what a “drying-out prison” is, who was to be put to “dug-out prisons”, who introduced exile and hard labor, and for which crimes convicts were sentenced to death in different historic periods, and how such sentence was executed.
The episode dedicated to Kolyma – the region of Russia that became the symbol of imprisonment – will tell about Stalin’s repressions. The film crew will go along the notorious Kolyma track that found its place in history as the “Road of Death”. The film crew will visit prison camps abandoned half a century ago and meet the witnesses of those dreadful events.
The current situation in the Russian penal system will also be covered: what are the nutrition standards, how many visits of relatives are allowed, who and how makes tattoos in penal colonies and jails, how do convicts work at radio- and TV stations in jails, etc.
The viewers will learn about the fates of the people who were parted due to one of them being put to prison, as well as the employees of the Federal Penitentiary Service which keep working in penal colonies, pretrial detention centres and jails every day year after year…