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Russia to Reintroduce Forced Labor as Criminal Punishment

The Russian correctional system will be reintroducing compulsory labor as a criminal punishment starting January 1, 2017. According to the provision, which was originally included in the criminal code in 2011 but postponed due to a lack of facilities, compulsory labor will be an alternative punishment to prison. Valery Maximenko, Deputy Director of Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service, told the Russian news service TASS that the new sentencing would be better than completely isolating...

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