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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 look out of a window at the Female Penal Colony No. 3 in Ivanov region.
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Inmates look out of a window at the Female Penal Colony No. 3 in Ivanov region.

Inmates at the Female Penal Colony No. 3 in the Ivanov region.
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Inmates at the Female Penal Colony No. 3 in the Ivanov region.

Convicts at a prison in Nizhny Novgorod.
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Convicts at a prison in Nizhny Novgorod.

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.

Inmates at the Female Penal Colony No. 3 in Ivanov region in April 2012.
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Inmates at the Female Penal Colony No. 3 in Ivanov region in April 2012.

The penal colony near the town of Gubakha, in the Perm region.
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The penal colony near the town of Gubakha, in the Perm region.

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

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