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No. 52-2017

Nevolia Journal No. 52-2017, PDF, Russian

In this edition of Nevolya magazine:

The rubric Social Punishment opens with the Penal Department’s statistical report on the current state of the penal system in Russia, and with Yuri Aleksandrov’s Legal Practice column explaining the latest changes to legislation regulating the judiciary, law enforcement, and executive branches of power. That is followed by more of Fima Zhiganets’ funny sketches, titled “Zoo Tales 5”, in which an old zoo worker, all permeated with prison subculture, shares his experiences with a novice, while not actually differentiating zoo routine from that of his life in labour camp where he spent many years. Next comes Yakov Gilinsky’s article “Punishment as a Result of Thoughtlessness”, in which the renowned criminologist explains that tougher repression does not actually slash the crime rate. The following two short stories by Boris Zemtsov are based on the author’s personal reminiscences of his years behind bars. In the Prison News column, Alexander Sukharenko provides a review of reports obtained from official penal bodies and the media. The issue, as usual, features records by the Prisoner Rights Defence Foundation about events and incidents within the penal system. Yuri Aleksandrov’s compilation Prison and the World highlights problems and prospects faced by prison authorities in different countries. Researcher Valentin Danilov follows with an analytical essay titled “On the Road to Fair Trial”, in which the author demonstrates Russian lawmakers’ full indifference to daily prison practices in the country. The rubric closes with Alexander Avgust’s sketch “The Earlier You Are Jailed…,” vividly showing that repentance and avowal of guilt are basically different things.

The History rubric opens with an absorbing linguistic analysis by Alexander Sidorov, “This Is a Holdup, Don’t Screw It Up!” in which the author explores the origin of the term “screw” [prison guard/turnkey] in the jail slang. The section and issue conclude with Alexei Mokrousov’s review “Four Books”.