Moscow Prison to Install Sunbeds for Inmates

November 10th, 2010 - 10:25 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

sunbed Nov 10 (THAINDIAN NEWS) One of the most famous prisons in Russia is soon planning to install sunbeds in an effort to improve the health of the prisoners housed there.

Built in the nineteenth century, Butyrka prison, which is located in central Moscow, is designed to look like a brick of fortress. There have been quite a few well-known personalities held behind those bars. Names such as Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Isaak Babel, writers who were persecuted during the Soviet-era, and Heinrich, who is the nephew of Adolph Hitler.

The prison began to receive a great deal of criticism and questioning after the death of a lawyer who was being held there in November of 2009. Sergei Magnitsky spent the last few months of his thirty-seven year life inside the darkened fortress.

His attorneys stated that he had been held illegally and was not given adequate medical treatment while he was there, although he had asked for it many times. The prison system surprisingly admitted that they were partially responsible for the death.

The prison service announced earlier in the year that almost half of the inmates in Russia prisons are sick, many with AIDS, HIV, or tuberculosis, and the blame is said to be old and inadequate medical equipment, and such.

Not only will the prisoners soon have access to tanning beds, but are also going to be allowed to use Skype to keep in touch with their relatives via text, video and audio Internet calling. They will gain access to ultrasound equipment, and possibly even spa facilities in the near future.

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