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Siberian jails - the most colourful in the world?

By The Siberian Times reporter
23 August 2012

'Grim' has been the word used by the outside world to describe Siberian prison colonies.

Best interior design for a jail? Pictures: Novosibirsk Region department of Russian Federal Penitentiary service

But this one in Novosibirsk is a bit less foreboding after a competition among inmates for the best interior designs for their dormitories. 

A total of 18 brigades from Number 8 Correctional Colony took part, said local news portal NGS.ru - citing the Russian Penitentiary Service's press service in Novosibirsk region.

Siberian jails

Siberian jails

Siberian jails
Er.... welcome! Novosibirsk colony inmates compete for best interior design of their dormitories.
Pictures: Novosibirsk Region department of Russian Federal Penitentiary service

'The jail inmates spent two weeks re-decorating their rooms,' said the report. 

'They have expressed their artistic ideas - some were making drawings on the walls, while others  were refreshing the paintings.'

Number 6 brigade won, and its 97 members will be treated to an extra meeting with their relatives. 

Many might be surprised, too, to see the flat screen TV and audio system in the prison - though its not clear how common these are in Siberian detention colonies. 

Comments (5)

If the inmates become better, will be very good for all Siberian society..
natercio silva, Guaratuba - Brazil
08/05/2017 10:26
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This is not what I imagined from Solzhenitsyn.
Robin, California
18/10/2014 11:08
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assure u this not tipical . some PRopaganda
Roman, Russia
24/08/2012 20:21
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my eyes are spinning from their designs after looking at them for a minute.. how is it to look at them all the time
Jeva , UK
23/08/2012 19:43
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my holiday hotel did not have flat screen TVs and audio systems!!! considering taking next break somewhere close to siberia:)))
Tim, Helsinki
23/08/2012 14:09
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