14 May 2003 For the first time its history, the women’s penitentiary in the small village of Stepnoi outside the capital held a beauty contest last month. The event erupted like fireworks in the daily routine of the institution, as 10 charming female prisoners aged 19 to 34 competed for the title of “Female Colony […]

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