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(en) Anarchist Black Cross of Moscow: Belarusian prison. Untouchables in the prison hierarchy.

Date Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:13:35 +0300

The topic of prison caste system is often raised in the media in recent times, it is often discussed in connection with the political prisoners. However, almost all who write on the subject, know about it at best from the stories of former inmates or use common social stereotypes. As a result, there are often a lot of blunders and false representation. The aim of this article is to illuminate some aspects of this complex and multifaceted phenomenon the informal hierarchy in Belarus prisons. ---- Mikalay Dziadok ---- 27 years old, an activist of the anarchist movement. He was born in the town of Bragin, Gomel region. He graduated from the Belarusian State University College of Law, worked as a judicial custodian in the court of Tsentralny district of Minsk and legal adviser in a private company.

In 2009 he entered the European Humanities University (Vilnius)
specializing in Political Science and European Studies. On September
201, he was detained in Minsk on suspicion of the attack on the embassy
of Russia. He was convicted of participation in a protest actions near
the General Staff, the House of Trade Unions and the casino "Shangri-La"
in the "case of anarchists", he received 4.5 years prison sentence.
Three months before his release he was sentenced to another year of
imprisonment under Art. 411 of the Criminal Code (willful disobedience
to prison administration). Released on August 22, 2015 by presidential
decree "On presidential pardon" (he did not write a petition for
clemency, although it was repeatedly offered). Now he is a first year
student at the European Humanities University, specializing in world
politics and economics.

There are scientific works on this subject. And, of course, I do not
aspire to consider the phenomenon in all its diversity in one article.
The question will be mainly about one prison caste, the existence of
which characterizes the system as a whole, and the knowledge of which is
critically important for any falling prisoner in Belarus, especially for
a political prisoner. The so-called "petukhi" ("roosters") ( also
"downcast", "bugger", "cockscomb", etc.).

So, from this text, you will learn:

- How did the "downcast" appear in prison;
- How do people become one;
- What are conditions of these people in jail and prison;
- What functions are performed by these people in prison;
- Why is the existence of this caste vital for the administration of
penitentiary facilities.

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