A young woman learns ‘there is only one law in prison: everyone does as they want.’ From MediaZona.
Tatyana Gavrilova, Transitions Online, 17 December 2014
In 1999, 20-year-old Tatyana Gavrilova was convicted of murder by the Russian courts. She spent the next 16 years in various institutions. On 9 September this year she was released from the IK-2 women’s prison in Mordovia and went straight to Moscow, taking with her a documented account of her treatment at the hands of prison authorities.
Gavrilova described her ordeal to MediaZona, the alternative online news agency established by Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. Her account cannot be independently verified, but her description has struck a chord with many who have endured the harshness of the Russian penal system – including Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova themselves.
This is her story.
Read it here:
Sixteen Years Behind Bars in Russia