Prison cells vary widely from country to country. Prisoners in Norway, for example, don't have bars in their rooms and have access to musical instruments , DVDs, and video games. Meanwhile, in Malawi, a typical cell is squalid and packed with dozens of people. The wide range of conditions reflects how countries treat criminals and raises the question of whether prison is meant to punish or rehabilitate them. Source: Mother Jones. Source: Federal Bureau of Prisons.
These photos of prison cells around the world show how differently countries treat their criminals
International outcry over Russian 'whale jail' in far east - BBC News
As the Kremlin claims unequivocal support among Russians for its policies both at home and abroad, a crackdown is underway against ordinary social media users who post things that run against the official narrative. At least 54 people were sent to prison for hate speech last year, most of them for sharing and posting things online, which is almost five times as many as five years ago, according to the Moscow-based Sova group, which studies human rights, nationalism and xenophobia in Russia. The overall number of convictions for hate speech in Russia increased to last year from 92 in The vagueness of the phrasing and the scope of offenses that fall under the extremism clause allow for the prosecution of a wide range of people, from those who set up an extremist cell or display Nazi symbols to anyone who writes something online that could be deemed a danger to the state.
Russian video game maker gets a year in jail for buying F-16 manuals on eBay
In , year-old Tatyana Gavrilova was convicted of murder by the Russian courts. She spent the next 16 years in various institutions. Gavrilova described her ordeal to MediaZona , the alternative online news agency established by Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.
These are external links and will open in a new window. International pressure is growing for the Russian government to release nearly juvenile whales which have been kept in small pens in the far east for seven months. French marine scientist Jean-Michel Cousteau and other experts are meeting government officials in Moscow.