Number of prisoners in Russia fell to historic low
As of the beginning of 2017, there was about 630 thousand people in the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia's system.
As reported by the press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia (FSIN), the number of prisoners in Russia has fallen to a historic low, decreasing almost twice compared with the beginning of the 21 century.
Thus, about 630 thousand people – the smallest number of prisoners in this century – were imprisoned in the correctional camps and investigative detention centers of Russia as of early 2017.
The maximum was recorded in 2000. Then, the number of prisoners was 1.92 million people.
However, if we take into account the number of persons sentenced to punishments not related to isolation from society, the number of persons convicted during this period has not changed and, according to recent data, is 1 million citizens.
Unnecessary witness. Death of penitentiary service lieutenant colonel Viktor Shevchenko: Suicide or murder?
Two events occurred in close succession in the Irkutsk region. On February 11, 2018, it became known that major general Anatoly Kilanov, Head of the Regional Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, was removed from office. The main suspect in an anti-corruption inquest carried out in late 2017, Kilanov was accused of extorting ‘levies’ from his subordinates. On February 12, 2018, Viktor Shevchenko, his deputy for service support, was found hanged. The investigation is currently explaining this suicide by a family quarrel. Has the lieutenant colonel really taken his own life? Or was it a disguised murder? And if so, who could be interested in it?