12 prisoners sentenced to death released as legendary Chyorny berkut colony to be closed

12 prisoners sentenced to death released as legendary Chyorny berkut colony to be closed
Chyorny berkut colony

Their death sentence has been replaced with 25 years behind bars that are almost over. The rest of the inmates are being transported to the Far East.

The last of 12 prisoners that had earlier been sentenced to death have been released from the correctional facility №56 known as Chyorny berkut that is being closed, reports Ura.ru.

Due to the moratorium, their death sentence has been replaced with 25 years behind bars that are almost over. Head of the media-office of the Federal Penal Correction Service in Sverdlovsk region Aleksander Levchenko says that over the last years, those whose death sentence was replaced with 25 years of imprisonment have been released monthly.

They were the last ones in a settlement of Lozva, north of Sverdlovsk region. The existence of the correctional facility №56 was considered unprofitable, due to the fact that there were 150 employees with 72 inmates.

Earlier, 60 inmates who were serving their life sentence were sent to a Far East-based new colony from Chyorny berkut. Now, the complex of buildings aimed at 374 inmates has remained empty.

As it had been earlier reported, Chyorny berkut was to be eliminated. The documents are under approval in Moscow’s Department of Justice. Ivdel-based correctional colony №58 is expected to be closed, as well.

Chyorny berkut was Russia’s only colony with prisoners sentenced to death. The colony is situated on a rock, so it’s impossible to escape from the prison. In order for the guards have no thought of helping the inmates, there’s a plate at every cell with an inmate’s name, body of a crime, and age of a victim.

Famous Chikatilo’s follower - 45-year-old Vladimir Krishtopa - served his sentence in this prison. In 1996, in Rostov-on-Don, he was sentenced to be shot, however the sentence was replaced with 25 years in prison. Krishtopa will serve the rest of his sentence in the new prison.

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