Russia to launch Europe’s largest prison

SAINT PETERSBURG: Russia will launch Europe’s biggest prison in 2015 to replace one of its most notorious jails that once held revolutionary Leon Trotsky and Soviet-era dissidents, prison authorities said Friday.

The mammoth new facility in a suburb of Russian’s second  city Saint  Petersburg will have a capacity to  house 4,000 inmates, Gennady Kornienko, head  of Russia’s prison service, told journalists.

“It will be the most modern prison in Russia and the biggest in Europe,” he  said.

Europe’s current largest prison is believed to be France’s Fleury-Merogis  Prison on the outskirts of Paris which can hold some 3,800 detainees.

The new Russian facility is due to replace Saint Petersburg’s infamous  Kresty prison, a red-brick landmark  that has housed some of Russia’s most  high-profile prisoners in its 120-year history.

Source: APP