On Friday evening, Russian newswires took a brief pause from the coronavirus.
In Siberian Angarsk, deep in one of the most criminal regions of Russia, hundreds of prisoners were staging a mutiny. The footage emanating from prison colony No 15 was shocking: inmates in crowded cells slitting their forearms in protest at alleged violence from guards; videos of the prisoners begging relatives to intervene; flames engulfing much of the prison territory; and an unforgiving special forces operation to regain control.
One prisoner died, circumstances yet to be ascertained, in what was the most serious prison riot in Russia in living memory.
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