In DW’s “Russia behind bars” series Alexey Gasarov tells the story of his incarceration in a Russian jail. He ended up spending three and a half years in prison for grabbing a policeman by the arm, something he denies to this day.
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.
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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