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Putin’s sub-zero gulags where inmates are electrocuted and kept in 2m-wide cells


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Electrocution, beatings, medical neglect and severe psychological pressure – this is how Vladimir Putin is trying to crush his critics inside his new Siberian Gulags.
Vladimir Kara-Murza, a dual Russian-British national, looks gaunt, pale and weak after being locked up in the IK-6 prison colony in the town of Omsk, Russia.
He is serving his 25-year sentence for treason – the longest handed down to any Kremlin opponent since Soviet times – in a two-metre wide cell, which can reach sub-zero temperatures.
At 5am, the activist and politician is woken up with the Russian national anthem, blasting from a loudspeaker.
By 5.20am, the guards have confiscated his pillow and mattress, and locked up his metal bed frame, so that he cannot not use it for the rest of the day.
The only objects Vladimir is allowed to keep are a mug, a toothbrush, a towel and a pair of slippers. The light in the cell is also never turned off – a psych warfare tactic deployed by East German Stasis.
Vladimir is permitted a walk, lasting no longer than 90 minutes, around a concrete courtyard the size of his cell with a metal grille in place of a roof. At all times, he is forced to keep his hands behind his back, while CCTV cameras trail him around the clock.
Twice every day, the political prisoner is dragged to an inspection room, at 9am and 5pm. Vladimir is stripped naked while guards run a metal detector over his clothes and underwear.
He has become the highest-profile political prisoner in Russia after the killing of Alexei Navalny. Both men were poisoned with Novichok. Vladimir fell into prolonged comas twice, in 2015 and then 2017, which left him with a nerve disease called polyneuropathy.
Tens of thousands of people. More than 20,000 people have been detained across the country since the launch of the invasion of Ukraine.
Vladimir was arrested on charges of disobeying police orders in April 2022, facing up to 15 days behind bars or a fine, but was later charged for denouncing Russia’s war in Ukraine and treason.
A protégé of murdered Putin rival Boris Nemtsov, he was the vice-chairman of the Open Russia movement, a political organization founded by businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky, which promotes civil society and democracy in the country. He has to recite: ‘Kara-Murza, Vladimir Vladimirovich, date of birth September 7, 1981, convicted under criminal code articles 284.1 part one, 207.3 part two, 275. Start date of sentence, April 22 2022. End date of sentence, April 21 2047.’