May 01, 2019

Prison, Ford, and A Great Director

Prison, Ford, and A Great Director
A still from the animated version of Kin-Dza-Dza!, directed by Georgiy Danelia, who pass away this spring.

What do Russian prisoners produce? According to this year’s report by the FSIN, the country’s penal system, prisoners already manufacture a wide array of products, from cars to military uniforms.

Scandals about overworking inmates – specifically in a Mordovia penal camp where women were virtual slaves in garment sweatshops, laboring 17 hours a day – have led to the sacking of some prison directors.

All in all, inmates make 100,000 types of goods, grossing the government over 32 billion rubles annually, the FSIN said. Some items used in Russia’s electrical infrastructure are produced only in Russian prisons. Inmates manufacture ventilation equipment, construction materials, and furniture, and also grow produce and raise livestock.

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