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Women In Russian Penal Colonies

Two members of the punk band Pussy Riot will serve their sentence in a penal colony far from Moscow. Although Russia’s prison system is a far cry from Stalin’s Gulag, the principle remains the same: to isolate people from their families and wear them down through “corrective labor.”

A female prison guard watches over inmates in the yard of a prison camp in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.
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A female prison guard watches over inmates in the yard of a prison camp in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.

Inmates of a prison camp for women are seen through the razor wire before a "Lady Spring 2009" beauty contest in Selo Gornoye.
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Inmates of a prison camp for women are seen through the razor wire before a "Lady Spring 2009" beauty contest in Selo Gornoye.

Inmates walk with their children as a guard watches in the courtyard of a "children's home," located inside a female prison camp in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.
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Inmates walk with their children as a guard watches in the courtyard of a "children's home," located inside a female prison camp in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.

A detention center in Chita.
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A detention center in Chita.

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