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Russia’s largest detention facility to open near St.Petersburg

August 20, 2015, 12:07 UTC+3 ST.PETERSBURG
More than 20 buildings with a total area of 164,000 square meters have been built
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ST.PETERSBURG, August 20. /TASS/. Russia’s largest detention facility Kresty-2 capable of accommodating 4,000 prisoners will open in Kolpino outside St.Petersburg in October, the Kolpino district administration said.

"The facility is due to be opened in October 2015," it said, adding that Vice-Governor of St.Petersburg Igor Albin was on a working visit to Kolpino district.

The construction of the Kresty-2 detention facility began in 2007. More than 20 buildings with a total area of 164,000 square meters have been built. They are connected by pedestrian galleries at the 3rd floor level. Each inmate will have 7 square meters of space, which corresponds to the international standards.

The operating Kresty prison located on the Arsenal Embankment in central St.Petersburg has exceeded its capacity. Earlier reports said that the transfer of prisoners from Kresty to the new detention facility is scheduled for the beginning of 2016, the fate of the old building has not been determined yet. In addition to that, the transfer of inmates from other detention facilities located close to the area is under consideration.

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