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Russian Inmates' Protest Spills Outside Prison Gates

An inmate protest against harsh prison conditions in Russia's Chelyabinsk region turned into a full-scale uprising over the weekend. Convicts accused prison authorities of extortion and torture, and families and other supporters of the inmates gathered outside Prison No. 6 in Kopeysk. Russian authorities said they eventually quelled the unrest, but not before bloody clashes between police and the crowd outside resulted in 38 arrests, local media said.

Inmates stand on a roof of Prison No. 6 in Kopeysk with a sign that says, "The [prison] administration extorts money and tortures us."
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Inmates stand on a roof of Prison No. 6 in Kopeysk with a sign that says, "The [prison] administration extorts money and tortures us."

Media, relatives, and friends of inmates gather in front of the prison.
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Media, relatives, and friends of inmates gather in front of the prison.

Police cordon off the area around the Kopeysk prison after the rebellion by inmates broke out on November 24.
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Police cordon off the area around the Kopeysk prison after the rebellion by inmates broke out on November 24.

A group of inmates stands on a rooftop inside the prison. Two of the signs read, "We are 1,500 human beings!"
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A group of inmates stands on a rooftop inside the prison. Two of the signs read, "We are 1,500 human beings!"

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Police officers in riot gear cordon off the prison, with protesting inmates in the background.
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Police officers in riot gear cordon off the prison, with protesting inmates in the background.

A car caught in the melee outside the prison has a shattered window reportedly broken by a police baton.
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A car caught in the melee outside the prison has a shattered window reportedly broken by a police baton.

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