Olga Romanova of "Russia Behind Bars" says far too many Russians are imprisoned. The Russian penitentiary system works on a per-person funding basis, which means the more inmates, the more money for institutions.
A police raid has prompted Olga Romanova, the head of a Russian NGO fighting for rights of prisoners, to quit Russia and take up a job in Germany. The authorities had accused Romanova of embezzling funds.
Hundreds of thousands of Russians are in prison, and many feel they have been treated unfairly. A Moscow-based nonprofit organization looks after victims of an often unjust justice system. DW's Juri Rescheto reports.
Three prominent Kremlin-critical journalists have left Russia in recent months. They cite various reasons for leaving, but one event looms large behind their departures: the Russian presidential election next March.
Human rights activists say too many Russians are put behind bars, creating a "jail culture" that permeates society. Experts see similarities with the Soviet Gulag system.
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