Russia Update: Prison Riot in Chelyabinsk; Police Surround Building

December 9, 2014
Chelyabinsk Investigation Isolation Prison No. 1, fourth oldest prison in Russia.

Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies.

The previous issue is here, and see also our Russia This Week and feature Is Putin Really Reining in Hard-Liners? Fact-Checking Gordon Hahn’s Article In The Moscow Times

About 100 prisoners rioted in Chelyabinsk after complaints of mistreatment and confiscation of a mobile phone. Eight inmates cut their arms in protest. Police surrounded the building.

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