What you need to know about Russia’s gulags
Posted On June 18, 2021
Russia is reportedly building its first prison in Latvia, which could hold up to 5,000 prisoners, a prison official told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency.
The prison is located in the capital, Riga, the RIA report said.
The news comes a week after Latvia became the first EU member state to admit that it is holding at least 100,000 people in its gulags.
The announcement came after Latvia’s government declared its first case of suspected mass incarceration in the gulag system.
Latvia has been plagued by an influx of migrants and asylum seekers since the fall of the Soviet Union.
The country’s former Communist leader, Vsevolod Pilecki, was sentenced to life in prison for war crimes in 2015.
The new prison is expected to hold at least 5,500 prisoners, according to RIA.
Latvia is also home to some of the most dangerous prisons in Europe, with more than 100 of the country’s 1,700 prisons being designated as “socially dangerous” or “exemplary.”