Lefortovo Prison

Lefortovo Prison (Russian: Лефортовская тюрьма, IPA: [lʲɪˈfortəvə] (About this soundlisten)) is a prison in Moscow, Russia, which, since 2005, has been under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation. It was built in 1881 and located in the Lefortovo District of Moscow, which it took its name from Franz Lefort, a close associate of Tsar Peter I the Great.

Lefortovo Prison
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LocationMoscow, Russia
Coordinates55°45′40″N 37°42′22″E / 55.7611407°N 37.7062039°E / 55.7611407; 37.7062039
Security classdetention center
Managed byMinistry of Justice of the RF

During the Great Purge, Lefortovo prison was used by NKVD for interrogations with torture. Lefortovo was an infamous KGB prison and investigative isolator (Russian: СИЗО, следственный изолятор) in the Soviet Union for detainment of political prisoners.[1] In 1994, it was transferred to the MVD; and, from 1996 to 2005, it was handed back to the FSB, a successor of the KGB. The prison is said to have strict detention conditions. Only visits of lawyers are allowed. Letters can be received but are read.[2]

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  9. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdXh7N5nWwU
  10. ^ [1] The Skripal Files: The Life and Near Death of a Russian Spy
  11. ^ Hoover Digest Archived 2007-03-19 at the Wayback Machine; 2005 no. 1 The Gulag: Life Inside by Bradley Bauer for the Hoover Institution

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