Voices from Russia

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Cat Busted Ferrying Pot to Cons in Moldova Prison

00 Cat Criminals in Moldova. 20.10.13



They busted a cat for smuggling pot into a prison in Moldova. Prison guards became suspicious about the feline, which routinely entered and left the prison through a hole in a fence, when they noticed its odd collar. On closer inspection, they found two packets of marijuana attached to it. On Friday, the Department of Penitentiary Institutions said that someone in the village of Pruncul used the cat as a courier to supply inmates with dope at the local prison. Whoever the human was, this wasn’t a first regarding cat couriers at lockups. In June, guards caught a cat carrying mobile phones and chargers taped to its belly to inmates in Penal Colony Nr 1 near the city of Syktyvkar in northern Russia.


Prison guards nabbed an audacious cat after they caught it red-handed trying to smuggle two bags of cannabis into a prison in Moldova. Now, the prison authorities are looking for the moggy‘s trainer, who they believe may live in the nearby village of Pruncul, supplying inmates with illegal drugs for some time. Prison officers became suspicious of the grey and white cat, which regularly came and went through a hole in the fence, when they noticed it was wearing a peculiar collar. When they apprehended the cat, they found two packets of marijuana attached to it. The Justice Ministry posted a video of the find online. It showed one officer gently stroking the bemused cat whilst removing the purple collar. Then, a second officer cut through two lumps in the collar, to reveal cannabis in its herb form. Yesterday, the Department of Penitentiary Institutions said that someone in the nearby village of Pruncul was using the cat as a courier to supply inmates with the drug at Penitenciarului Nr 9 prison.

It isn’t the first time that someone used cats in Eastern Europe to evade capture by prison authorities. In June, guards caught a cat carrying mobile phones and chargers taped to its belly to inmates in Penal Colony Nr 1 near the city of Syktyvkar in northern Russia. In August last year, police in Rostov Oblast foiled a plot to use a cat to smuggle heroin into a prison, according to a report in the Moscow Times. Inmates took the cat out of the prison following their release, smuggling the animal out in their bags, giving it to drug dealers waiting outside. Then, they stuffed the drug into the cat’s collar, and released the animal, which sneaked back into the prison. In a similar case in 2010, a prison do killed a heroin-carrying cat whilst trying to enter a prison in Tatarstan. Inmates in Arapiraca, in Brazil’s northeastern Alagoas state, also used these evasion tactics. Earlier this year, guards caught a cat trying to slip through the gates with tools, including a saw and a drill, tapped to its body.

19 October 2013



Daily Mail (London)



Tuesday, 8 October 2013

8 October 2013. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… 28 Prisoners Marry in One Day at Russian Penal Colony

00 Wedding in Russian Prison. 01a. 07.10.13


00 Wedding in Russian Prison. 02. 07.10.13


00 Wedding in Russian Prison. 01. 07.10.13


A penal colony in Russia’s Ural Mountains witnessed an unusual boom of weddings recently, with 28 of its male inmates getting married to women, some of whom they had just met, in one day. Local news site 74.ru reported that, on Friday, Strict-Régime Colony Nr 2 {equivalent to an American medium-security prison: editor} in Chelyabinsk Oblast held all 28 weddings in a banquet hall. Prison officials noted that the number was unusually high for a single session of the periodic weddings held at the facility. A video of the event showed dozens of brides in white dresses sitting at tables with their incarcerated grooms, who were sporting suits instead of their regular prison garb. The report noted that some of the couples met each other for the first time that day. After the ceremony, the authorities allowed the newlyweds to spend two days and a night together on the prison’s premises; later, they’d only be able to see each other only a few times a year.

7 October 2013



Editor’s Note:

Seeing IS believing. The Church has made great strides since 1988. The old Russian attitudes towards prisoners are returning, as these pictures illustrate (interestlingly enough, the communists agree with the believers… hell, most of the communists ARE believers, and better belivers than the “conservative” konvertsy poseurs in the American diaspora). The revival will not be televised… the revival IS alive (hat tip to the late Gil Scott-Heron)!


Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Cons Use Cats to Smuggle In Mobiles at Russian Prison in the Komi Republic

00 Cat. Prison. Russia. Komi Republic. 12.06


Frequently, inmates in Russian prisons bribe guards to obtain mobile phones. However, what about using cats as couriers? Guards patrolling a prison colony in the Russian North saw a feline on a fence… it seemed to be carrying something. Taking a closer look, they found a few mobile phones and chargers taped to the cat’s belly. On Monday, the RF Federal Prison Service reported that this happened on Friday at Penal Colony No. 1 near Syktyvkar in the Komi Republic, 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) northeast of Moscow. It wasn’t clear how the cat was supposed to drop off its loot.

4 June 2013

Associated Press

As quoted in the Albany (NY) Times-Union


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