Russia's Most Brutal Prison Is Home To 700 Inmates Who've Killed 3,500 People
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Black Dolphin Prison has been revealed as one of Russia's most brutal facilities.
The prison is located near the Kazakstan border and holds 'roughly 700 of Russia's most dangerous killers,' who have 'killed over 3,500 people' combined, which averages at 'five murders per inmate'.
Terrorists, serial killers and cannibals can all be found inside the facility.
A guard has since spoken out about what it's like to work at the prison, while an inmate has revealed how they ended up behind bars.
Lieutenant guard Denis Avsyuk told National Geographic how the 'main crime committed by the convicts here is murder'.
However, he noted: "But we also have maniacs, paedophiles, terrorists.
"To call them people, it makes your tongue bend backwards just to say it. I have never felt any sympathy for them."
Inmates are woken up at 6:00am. For the next 16 hours, they are banned from sitting on their beds.
"You are constantly being filmed in your cell, so you're being watched around the clock. also there are light and motion detectors.
"Plus every 15 minutes a guard goes through the cells, so you must constantly be attentive," Nikolai Astankov said - an inmate who is serving a life sentence for killing an entire family and burning their bodies in a forest.
Cells measure 50 square foot and are shared by two inmates in a 'cell within a cell'. Three sets of steel doors separate the cells from the corridor.
There is no prison yard, with inmates only able to exercise within their cells.
When they do leave their cell, they are bent over and often blindfolded so to not be able to get to grips with the prison's layout. They are bent over to also limit them from attacking.
Vladimir Nikolayev, a convicted cannibal and one of the prison's 'most notorious criminals', recalled how he killed one man.
He said: "I was coming home from a party a little drunk and next to the door to my building, another guy, also drunk, asked me for a light. We started arguing and got into a fight. He hit me and I hit him and it turned out he died.
"What was I to do? I dragged him to the bathroom, undressed him and started cutting him apart. I cut off his head, arms, legs. All of a sudden, something kind of struck me and I thought I would try him."
The inmate detailed how he 'cut off a piece of meat' from the man's thigh and 'boiled it'.
"I tried it, didn't like it, so I chopped it up and fried it in a frying pan," he said.
As well as trying it himself, Nikolayev also gave some of the 'meat' to his friend, who 'took it home and gave it to his wife'. "She made dumplings with it," he said.
The wife also gave it to her children.
Nikolayev told the family it was 'kangaroo' despite there not being kangaroos in the area - little did the family know they had eaten the evidence of his horrific crime.
According to one of the prison's lieutenants, inmates at Black Dolphin are jailed for life, meaning the only way they leave is when they die.
No inmate has ever escaped.
Astankov reflected: "If you constantly think about how you are here, what is waiting for you, that you won’t ever get free, that you are left here alone, you simply won’t make it."
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