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Inside A Siberian Prison

High-security prison Camp No. 17, outside of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, houses male inmates who have been convicted of serious first offenses. Although the conditions are tough, the prisoners have the opportunity to learn trades and participate in sports and cultural activities. Reuters photographer Ilya Naymushin documented life inside the prison facility. (12 PHOTOS)

Inmates walk in the yard at the high-security prison facility.
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Inmates walk in the yard at the high-security prison facility.

Walking in the exercise yard
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Walking in the exercise yard

An officer searches an inmate at a control point between the prison's work and residential zones.
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An officer searches an inmate at a control point between the prison's work and residential zones.

Prisoners work in a metal shop. Others are employed building furniture or sewing clothes.
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Prisoners work in a metal shop. Others are employed building furniture or sewing clothes.

A security officer stands next to an inmate serving dinner to other prisoners inside a maximum-security zone.
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A security officer stands next to an inmate serving dinner to other prisoners inside a maximum-security zone.

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Inmates watch TV inside a temporary cell for recently arrived prisoners.
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Inmates watch TV inside a temporary cell for recently arrived prisoners.

Boris Kovalyov, 32, plays an accordion as he prepares for an interprison talent contest. Kovalyov was sentenced to eight years in a high-security prison camp for drug trafficking but was released 2 1/2 years early in May 2013 for good behavior and participation in sports and cultural activities.
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Boris Kovalyov, 32, plays an accordion as he prepares for an interprison talent contest. Kovalyov was sentenced to eight years in a high-security prison camp for drug trafficking but was released 2 1/2 years early in May 2013 for good behavior and participation in sports and cultural activities.

A prisoner works in the bath and laundry facility.
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A prisoner works in the bath and laundry facility.

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An Orthodox priest and an inmate stand in front of an Orthodox church on the prison grounds.
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An Orthodox priest and an inmate stand in front of an Orthodox church on the prison grounds.

A priest leads the service for Orthodox Easter at the small church inside the prison complex.
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A priest leads the service for Orthodox Easter at the small church inside the prison complex.

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