Legendary Moscow jails Butyrka and Krasnaya Presnya to be shut for good

Legendary Moscow jails Butyrka and Krasnaya Presnya to be shut for good

Moscow authorities plan to move almost five thousand prisoners to distant suburbs.

The legendary pre-trial detention center No. 2, better known as the ‘prison castle’ Butyrka, where Emelyan Pugachev was kept prisoner, will soon cease to exist. Another jail, Krasnaya Presnya, will be also shut. This is reported by MK.

Moscow authorities plan to move almost five thousand prisoners to distant suburbs. Most likely, a new building will be erected on the territory of New Moscow.

The closure of the pre-trial detention centers was discussed back under Reymer. Back then, they discussed the possibility of converting the jail into an office center and building a new detention facility. One of the reasons for the ‘move’ was the fact the pre-trial detention center is located near residential buildings in violation of sanitary standards. 

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According to Deputy Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia Valery Maksimenko, the decision to close Butyrka and Krasnaya Presnya has already been made.

Originally, the city authorities planned to close only Krasnaya Presnya and build a pre-trial detention center for two thousand prisoners, but then it was decided to also close Butyrka and build a new modern pre-trial detention center for 5 thousand people. It is planned that the pre-trial detention center will be built within a year. The new facility will meet all European standards and resemble Kresty-2. After that, historical buildings will be transferred to the city authorities.

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